November ’12 CD of the Month: Gentle Stream by The Amazing
With the final days of warm weather coming to a close, The Amazing’s U.S. debut “Gentle Stream” is the perfect record to bundle up to for the season.
Hailing all the way from Sweden, The Amazing was originally formed out of a partnership between singer-songwriter Christoff Dunrup and Reine Fisk, more commonly known as the lead guitarist for psych-rockers Dungen. Their self-titled debut was warmly received in Sweden, and the super-group has made a big splash this year as the opener for Tame Impala’s “Lonerism” tour. Now with “Gentle Stream” the band is ready to take their tasteful approach to folk-rock to a whole new audience.
Blending the best bits of Nick Drake’s hushed guitars and Fleetwood Mac’s eager sentimentality, “Gentle Stream” plays like an album from the early 70’s that found itself in a time capsule. Flowing between soaring guitar epics and whispery fingerpicked ballads, the album manages to pull off tried and true formulas with an invigorating sense of purpose. Fine-tuned for a morning walk in the snow or an evening cup of cocoa, “Gentle Stream” achieves serenity in the most modest way possible.