Storm Jameson – The Year of Orbison

Album Review | Flood Music | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

There’s a brooding undercurrent to much of the material on The Year of Orbison, the new release by Matt Gold and Jim Tashjian, collectively known as Storm Jameson, presumably named for the 20th century Whitby-born novelist. Whilst the Chicago-based duo’s treatment of “Jesus on the Mainline” retains much of its Ry Cooder feel, with funky electric guitar licks throughout, the dreamy Godzilla & King Kong demonstrates the duo’s flair for fluid and understated guitar motifs, befitting a homage to the silver screen. With Gold and Tashjian’s previous catalogue of work in such outfits as Sun Speak, Hood Smoke, District 97 and Miss Remember between them, the two guitarists pool their respective influences well in order to create an informed collection of songs, both well-known and not so well known, including a contemporary arrangement of the traditional “Silver Dagger”, sounding for all intents and purposes like a hybrid of Bonnie Prince Billy and REM, as well as a poised acoustic rendition of Stephen Foster’s timeless parlour song, “Hard Times”. Definitely worth checking out.