October 2nd, 2007 5:33 pm | by Paige Richmond Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

Southerly, "Close to the Crime" from Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist (Greyday)

Southerly_1Sure, you can find a brand new track from Southerly posted once a week to Greyday Records' website, but the band's already-completed albums are worth a listen, too. Started as a singer-songwriter project by Krist Kreuger (who still writes and arranges all the band's music), Southerly became a full-fledged symphonic pop band last year around the time Kreuger moved to Portland and started recording his second album, Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist, on local label Greyday.

The songs on Storyteller live and breathe Kreuger's transition from solo artist to band member, and “Close to the Crime” is just one example. It starts slow—like most other songs on the album—with just Kreuger's mellow, soothing voice and carefully plucked guitar chords. Then the music builds as the band joins in: First a lone violin, then drums, until what sounds like an entire orchestra is behind him. And all the time, Kreuger's voice remains soft and steady, like he's alone in the room, with just his guitar and a captive audience.


Southerly's MySpace page
Southerly at Greyday Records' website
Southerly's Song-a-Week

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