Beautiful Day to Die
Cisco Kid’s sound has an easy, groovy feel to it — the kind that feels spacious and smooth and easy to sway to. This ease and coolness is the primary tone of Beautiful Day to Die, the band’s latest record. It’s a psych-tinged rock album, with a heavy dose of soulful, bluesy energy at its center.
Nick Guckert’s breathy vocals move between mellow lilting and slightly gritty belting, akin to modern folksy rock acts like Dr. Dog, The Black Keys and the Avett Brothers. The instrumentals are thoughtful and very groove-oriented, opening up to make space for the occasional solo or jam.
Cisco Kid manages to make the jams on this record feel fun and genuine, instead of self-indulgent or painstakingly rehearsed and plotted. You can picture the band members in a room together, with grins on their faces, excited to be experimenting musically with each other. It’s a feeling best heard on songs like “Stardust” and the album-closer “Beautiful Day to Die.”
For Fans Of: Old Western flicks, Dr. Dog, ’70s rock organ