Tumbling Souls – Between the Truth and the Dream

Album Review | Wee Studio Records | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

The Tumbling Souls play Old Time smooth 50s Country with the warm pop harmonies of Eddie Cochran or early Roy Orbison. This is music of the Wild West, the West West Atlantic Coast of Scotland and The Hebrides that is. Willie Campbell’s bright valve radio vocals croon through “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” and “Heart to My Soul” with Caledonian Pop Country sensibility that is captivating. This is energetic honest music, “Knowing Where You Come From” reminded me of the lush vocals and bouncing Country Rock of Brinsley Schwartz and “(Whats So Funny Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”, with a rolling Accordion and a cosmic lyric. “City Of Adelaide” is further proof that Tumbling Souls are masters of blending together glorious vocal harmonies and living breathing Country Folk dance music. “Rain and Clay” builds a great rhythm, some dirty electric guitar and those infectious group chorus vocals. “Wishing My Time Away” cuts between foot stomping dance music and some atmospheric a cappella vocals. Think The Waterboys “Bang on the Ear” for a sense of the spirit, tempo and bounce. “Foundation” is a, slower tempo, smouldering song. A superb vocal from Willie Campbell, evokes a Hebredian Ryan Adams in a fine performance. “Stornoway at 2am” is another atmospheric slow number using a clicking clock rhythm to create tension behind passionate playing and a classic Tumbling Souls chorus. The instrumental break is beautiful too. A lively lovely album where intelligent deftly played West Coast Pub Folk Rock with lush vocals to die for raise a smile and set your feet tapping.