Released June 1, 2017
’Tis the season for albums to be drop, drop, dropping ahead of summer tours. It’s like a tropical Christmas for music lovers!
Somewhere between their sophomore 2013 outing, “Blah Blah Love War,” and their latest, eponymous1 release, “The Rescues,” this Indie Supergroup has gone from a foursome to a threesome. The current line-up consists of out lesbian Adrianne Gonzalez (who has also performed solo and with others as Adrianne or, more recently, AG), Gabriel Mann, and Kyler England. I’m sorry to see the group lose Rob Giles, but this latest album is as strong as anything they have done previously.
If you need some background on The Rescues, you might start with the video of their early release, “Can’t Stop the Rain.” It’s an off-beat but catchy song. If you just can’t get enough of it, you might enjoy their more recent rendition of it, which features a fair portion of a marching band.
Or you could check out one of my favorite Rescues songs: “Break Me Out.” This is a live version the foursome performed back in 2010. It’s a great song, and I love the energy of the live performance. Plus, we get to see Adrianne front and center, which is always nice.
One more suggestion: The Rescues do a fascinating cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
Anyway, that brings us to the album at hand. The first song I heard off this album was “Haunted.” There’s no video, per se, for it (ah, the joys of low-budget indie existence), except for a lyric video. If you can listen to this without getting goose bumps, well, it would make me wonder how much you have lived.
You can’t leave this life without being haunted
Somewhere between what you got and what you wanted
is powerful, but when Kyler begins listing the many kinds of things that haunt us, the song really cut me to the bone:
All the ones I couldn’t save
All the ones that slipped away
All the things I broke in two
All the times I cheated you
All the times I let you down
All the dreams I left to drown
All the ends I couldn’t change
All the times I turned away
It’s a brilliant piece of song-writing, arrangement, and performance. I’m sure some TV show will snap it up to use to add emotional punch to a pivotal emotional scene of some kind. (A number of the Rescues’ songs have shown up in the soundtracks of television shows.)
If “Haunted” is a bit too dire for you, the album also offers more uplifting fare, like, “We Are Not Alone” or “If It Were Not for You.”
The songs, the harmonies, the arrangements, the moods are all engrossing and wonderfully done. This is an album that I’ll be listening to all summer.
Crazy Ever After (November 2008)
Let Loose The Horses (June 2010)
Blah Blah Love and War (November 2013)
The Rescues (June 1, 2017)
The Rescues (March 2010)
- To avoid confusion, perhaps I should mention that the group also released an eponymous EP, “The Rescues,” in 2010. So this one is the eponymous album, not EP. What’s an “EP”? According to Wikipedia: “An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP.” So a wee album or an album-ette, as it were. ↩