Look West Reviews
"...sticks to their roots with well crafted and unpretentious songs that bring the listener back to the likes of Paul Simon and Milk Carton Kids....It is not folk in the traditional sense, it soars with deep personal stories and melodies that will stick with you..." (The Spill Magazine / Jan 2017)
"...For listeners who enjoy the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Jason Isbell, you are about to find your new musical obsession. I sure did!" (No Depression / Jan 2017)
"a contemplative and enjoyable record that feels reminiscent of early Cat Stevens or Jim Croce....Look West is the quintessential example of pure folk music. Having recently toured with John Hiatt and A.J. Croce and opened for British folk legend Donovan, this trio is sure to continue to create beautiful songs."
(Shutter 16 / Jan 2017)
"...It's like a lullaby for adults. It's soft, melodious, beautiful, and comforting. For those of us who do happen to be folk-music lovers, this is one hell of a find. His voice is truly a gem - similar to Bob Dylan.....The Furious Seasons will lull you into a state of semi-wakefulness that keeps you alert, but doesn't invigorate you. It keeps you listening, loving it, and relaxed - just as you are."
"...combination of carefully crafted storytelling lyrics accompanied by a mellow and melodic guitar....Look West will appeal to anyone who enjoys deeply personal, reflective and often emotional lyrics, and a stripped-down musical offering that is never merely the
background to the vocals."
"...The band might as well be or anywhere that Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam or David Gray are playing because they are cut from the same cloth, down to the unsteady vibrato from vocalist David Steinhart. Their latest record Look west is a gritty, honest, subtle, and easy listen."
"...Equal parts Blue Rodeo, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, Look West is a perfect backcountry road album. It's filled with the kinds of songs that make memories so special. The serene acoustic guitars, occasional soft string arrangements and subtle piano chords saturate the senses in a way that will forever connect them to the real life moments that they accompany....Look West provides a brief but soothing break from everything that frustrates and grates, and reassures us that there's always hope beyond the few blissful moments you get to spend away from it all..."
(The Static Din)
BY EMILY HINDE
The Furious Seasons are a charming Folk-Pop trio from the hills of Los Angeles. One of my favorite releases of 2016, the group has won over the hearts and ears of many with their new release, Look West. The combination of David Steinhart and Jeff Steinhart create a stunning and carefully crafted sound which has us eager for more.
Sharing their newest single "Longshot" from the album, the group entices with an intensity that rings throughout the album as a whole. Standout tracks on the album such as "Bad Man," and "Roll Out the Future," bring the release to full circle as it captures the very essence of the group. Stunning vocals and blissful instrumentation swirl around the pieces, as The Furious Seasons create a sound that is uniquely their own.
For listeners who enjoy the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Jason Isbell, you are about to find your new musical obsession. I sure did!
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The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and it’s time to find an album you can put on as you curl up and get ready to hibernate. You don’t need to look far though – you just need to look west.
The new album from Furious Seasons is the band’s fifth, and it’s a departure from their typical folk pop sound. The acoustic concept comes after the group played a series of Southern California shows as a three-piece: David Steinhart and Paul Nelson on acoustic guitar and vocals and Jeff Steinhart on standup bass.
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The album’s opening track and lead single, “Longshot,” introduces listeners to the new acoustic sound – as if Elvis Costello were singing over a softened Avett Brothers band. I was captivated by David Steinhart’s beautiful and inspirational melody on the chorus, “We’re not done yet / Not by a longshot / There’s still time left / to work through the soft spots / and turn this around.”
Like the changing of the seasons, much of the album calls for making transitions. Its title, taken from a lyric in the eighth track, “My Terrible Song,” suggests the narrator has decided to take control of his life in a new way. “I start looking west and start wanting more,” he sings.The theme reappears on “Roll Out the Future” when Steinhart says, “Roll out the future / I have no crush on the past,” and when he recalls a breakup on the melancholic track, “Sadly Matched.”
He laments, “I couldn’t make you stay / No, I couldn’t make you stay,” continuing, “I could’ve followed you / but I watched you walk away / cuz darlin’ I’m never leaving L.A.” The struggle between loving a person and loving a place is one of several nods to the band’s hometown, in addition to crashing waves and 80 degree Christmas days.
The album’s instrumentation is complex despite only being comprised of the trio, and Paul Nelson’s swift hand on guitar deserves special recognition. From the nostalgic wandering-a-European-city-late-at-night classical riff to introduce “A Thing to Behold” to the beautiful solo on “Simple and Clean,” his melodies are the pulse of every song.
Even more than the gorgeous guitar, however, it’s the impeccable songwriting and heartfelt lyrics that lift this album up the furthest. Every track on the record is emotionally vulnerable, honest, and accessible. You’ll spend all fall unpacking the layers.
The Furious Seasons just wrapped a Beverly Hills show with British folk legend Donovan. You can learn more about the band on their website and stream look west on Spotify.
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“We’re not done yet/Not by a longshot” sings L.A. veteran David Steinhart on Look’s opening gem “Longshot.” And though he’s singing of a relationship, it’s utterly true of his muse, too. Having gone canyon rock/country-pop/western on last year’s My Love is Strong with pleasing result, he goes one better, decamping with just his and lead guitarist Paul Nelson’s acoustics and harmonies, making western folk that shines the sharpest light on his pure strengths over now 21 LPs in 32-years (beginning with Pop Art and Smart Brown Handbag): his remarkably seasoned songwriting and storytelling. Regret, nostalgia, melancholia, distaste, and resigned philosophizing can be cloyingly dull in mediocre hands; Steinhart’s ruminations are warmhearted, tender, considerate, and appreciative—not for so much lost, but what remains. (“I would love to see your face before another winter/Before what’s coming next.) Let us not take him for granted; especially when he’s on top of his game like this. (thefuriousseasons.com)
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The Furious Seasons are the Steinhardt Brothers, David on acoustic guitars and vocals, and Jeff on bass, with P.A Nelson on acoustic, high strung and electric guitars, and vocals, with contributions from Ray Chang on violin, and pianist Tim Boland. Although, there is nothing in the way of blues, or instrumental soloing, there is plenty to appeal to fans of more adult themed music. In many ways, the songs are reminiscent of a less commercial Crowded House, or any group that places melodicism above grandstanding. Simple And Clean with its bluesy guitar part, and catchy rhythm guitar figures is a song from a film that has never been made, whilst Bad Man is a narrative story telling song with hidden depths. Roll Out The Future is a gentle murmur of a song, with African like guitar parts adding to the lyrics, and the piano led The Tape, and album closer Glad It’s Mine, with its stacked guitar parts and world weary vocal timbre show just how on the ball this talented collection of musicians are when it comes to producing
Reviews for "My Love Is Strong"
Not sure why these guys have sort of flown under the radar for three albums, as they should be on the scope of anyone who loves edgy, hooky, folk-pop. David Steinhardt is the main songwriting brainchild behind this SoCal outfit that really fires up music that is eclectically catchy on this, their fourth effort. The lead track “Southern Night” had me thinking, “I hear Elvis Costello, I hear the Beach Boys, I hear Tom Petty….”, but in reality, even though you can hear influences from them and other diverse acts throughout the thirteen songs, I really just hear The Furious Seasons. David’s husky but melodic vocals are dusted with adept backing harmonies, augmented by musical passages that seem to feel like a more organic E Street band. The songs can be haunting or joyous, or can scream in your face or let you kick back and let your soul get caressed by what is. Whoever influenced them, their main influence in songwriting is being unafraid – not merely pushing the envelope, but shredding it. “Bad Man” is a great example – the story of a tortured soul told with a gritty folk grove. That song is sandwiched between the dramatically edgy oldies punk of “Summer Rain” and the tongue-in-cheek joy of the jazzy-fueled “Full Discloser”. This is one of those types of bands who makes refreshing music by having a broad palette in musical, lyrical, genre, and influential tastes, and manages to weave it into a mosaic that is undeniably, uniquely their own sound. – MW Powerpopholic
“Wow” is, honestly, all you may need to know about My Love is Strong, the new album from LA’s The Furious Seasons. In case you need more, My Love is Strong is an incredibly welcoming record, inviting the listener to immediately fall head over heels in love with the band and their music. The album begins with a burst of gorgeous, lush harmonies on “Southern Night” and promptly follows with a tornado of swirling organs. Closer to Roger McGuinn than Bob Dylan, David Steinhart’s vocals gives the band an instant energy like The Byrds reinventing a Dylan classic.
My Love Is Strong dances effortlessly from one dreamy number to the next, from the early country rock flavor of “Understood” to the masterpiece of “Summer Rain.” Backed with the classic Ronettes drum beat and augmented with strings and castanets, the song is like a lost 60’s mini opera produced by Lee Hazlewood. The album succeeds in almost every way possible. The ska of “Full Disclosure” may feel a little forced and awkward, but it is quickly mollified by the beautiful ballad, “Valentine.” The title track itself is a perfect slice of folk rock, and it could have easily been written in Big Pink. It may still be early in the year, but The Furious Seasons have made a strong case for one of the year’s best records with My Love Is Strong.by Cody Conard The Big Takeover
David Steinhart has been making music for more than 30 years — with pop outfits Pop Art and Smart Brown Handbag, and as a solo performer — and in recent years has turned his attention to latest project The Furious Seasons. The terrific “My Love Is Strong” is the fourth release by The Furious Seasons — but the first Steinhart record of any sort to pop up on my radar.
The Furious Seasons CDThough there’s probably no excuse for my ignorance of Steinhart before now, at least the unfamiliarity makes “My Love Is Strong” one of the out-of-left field gems that makes reviewing music so rewarding to me. It’s a dynamic gathering of 13 Steinhart-penned tunes that are sure to impress.
The opening tandem of “Southern Night” and “Understand” set the tone for what’s to come and The Furious Seasons later soar on “Fooled By the Bottle,” “Full Disclosure,” the title track and set closer “Soft Landing.” You better believe I’ll be diving into Steinhart’s back catalog. (Jeffrey Sisk) Pittsburg In Tune
Steady David Steinhart remains a meticulous model of constancy. This is his 19th album you’ve probably never heard over three decades, unless you’ve closely followed L.A.’s pop scene, dating to previous bands Pop Art (with brothers Richard and Jeff; the latter has returned on bass for Furious Seasons’ now three LPs—a fourth Steinhart, Nathan, also guitars here!) and Smart Brown Handbag. David writes and sings warm, literate, sober, preoccupied folk pop, always well-crafted, and full of small, conspicuous, workmanlike extras (pacific strings, mellotron, piano, guitar tweets, a southern blues harmonica), and an aptitude for unpretentious, poppy hooks that’s never deserted him these many years. Some of Face like “On the Wire” and ‘History Repeats” has a morning-after Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan see-ya-leaving-babe vibe; others like “We Go Down” or “Hey Jon” are like Nilsson covering Fred Neil or light Long Ryders. Were this group going circa 1971, David Geffen or Jac Holzman might’ve signed them. Nevertheless, talented gents like this keep making golden-hued, exquisite albums; they know they’ll make their mark with whoever finds them. (thefuriousseasons.com) Jack Rabid
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by Jack Rabid
In my reviews of L.A.’s Black Watch, I’ve often wondered what John Andrew Fredrick and Co. had to do to get noticed after more than two-decades of quality thinking-man’s indie pop records. The same could be said about singer/songwriter David Steinhart. Perhaps even more so, since Steinhart has such a lovely, trilling voice, whereas Fredrick’s is more of the Dylan-to-Reed-to Go-Betweens dry-roasted type; albeit both are equal romantic-literate heartbreakers. For 24 years, whether with his two brothers in the underrated R.E.M./dBs-sweet arly 80’s L.A. band Pop Art, or for nearly two decades since with Smart Brown Handbag, Steinhart’s been a perennial cottage industry goldmine for those who carry torches for soft, finely crafted, windswept pop, like the Flying Nun obsessives gobbled on import from New Zealand in years past. And this is Steinhart’s 17th-correct, 17th album. Perhaps it’s his first as “The Furious Seaasons,” and his bassplaying brother Jeff is back riding posse. But we/methinks it will take more than a name change (maybe Steinhart needs to pop out of a giant Jell-O cake on YouTube?) to draw the eyeballs and canals that his careful, bittersweet, golden-hued lovelies full of solicitously resigned breakup intropsection merit. This time he’s even more acoustic, lightly-ringing, and quietly, unabashedly moving, in an exquisitely gentle flow that resembles the light-pop classics The Mutton Birds and their singer Don McGlashan, another New Zealander, have given us for as long. (”Back to This Side” and “Suitable Love” could even pass for McGlashan songs!) Best of all, all 13 songs are of a similar type but sit just right, like gorgeous weather that lasts from dawn to dusk, improving everyone’s mood over the duration. Don’t miss “So Long Great City” and “A Big Chunk of Change” for the closest things to up-tempo flavors akin to his pedigree; but really feel free to hit “shuffle’” because every song is as lithely graceful as the next.
Review by Matheson Kamin
You rarely find a group of musicians that create their own music with orchestral strings as part of their sound, but that is exactly what you will find with the band The Furious Seasons. The Furious Seasons is a band that takes its cue from earlier bands like The Left Banke, Electric Light Orchestra and even Poi Dog Pondering. And just like these previous bands, The Furious Seasons’ sound stands out from the rest of the music industry because of the beauty that can be found in the music from the band.
Singer-guitarist David Steinhart has taken his vast recording history and put it to use in the creation of the releases from The Furious Seasons. Along with Steinhart, his brother Jeff Steinhart plays the bass, his nephew Nate Steinhart plays the guitar, Bob Gannon plays the drums and Ray Chang adds his violin to the music to help give the band’s music its baroque feel. It’s that baroque feel in the rock music that shows up quite a bit on the band’s new album of My Analog Face.
My Analog Face begins with the track “Let’s Sweep Together”. The baroque/pop feel to the track seems to transport the listener back in time. With a beautiful arrangement that makes the song feel like it would have come out of the British Invasion and the strings that accompany the music, “Let’s Sweep Together” gives the listener the indication that they’re in for an interesting musical experience.
Strings are used once again on the album’s second track called “On the Wire”. This time, the strings help to give the song a more emotional feel than “Let’s Sweep Together”. The band combines together to create a slow-paced song that is perfect for the duet that is sung by David Steinhart and Justine Bennett. The strings included on the track give an emotional touch to the song.
On the song “We Go Down,” The Furious Seasons seem to once again slip into a retro style of music; this time, taking a musical approach that may remind some of the hit singles from 1970’s AM radio. In a style that combines elements from artists like B.W. Stevenson, Cat Stevens and even the Eagles, “We Go Down” brings back the lite rock sound of days gone by. Staying in a seventies frame of mind for another song, My Analog Face’s “A Few Miles Back” begins with a sound that seems to have been influenced by well-known composer Henry Mancini. The Mancini Influence on the track definitely dates the sound of the song, but it also helps to create one of the prettiest moments on the release.
While the album as a whole has many enjoyable listening moments, it is the song “Keys and Watch” that will resonate the most with today’s music buying public. With pop/rock music that seems to have an ultimately timeless feel to it and lyrics poetic enough to feel as if Bob Dylan had written them, “Keys and Watch” would easily fit onto any Adult Contemporary station today.
The song “Hey Jon” is another track that would fit on today’s Adult Contemporary radio as it contains the sort of timeless pop/rock as the earlier track of “Keys and Watch”. The song about seeing an old friend again has a certain familiarity to it that everyone can get behind, just like “Keys and Watch”.
To finish off the album, The Furious Seasons include on cover tune; in this case, it’s the song “Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels)”. The Jim Croce song is given new life with this version from The Furious Seasons. The Furious Seasons take the song and make it their own, all while not straying too far from the original version.
David Steinhart and the rest of The Furious Seasons have put together a release that has a nice and relaxed feel to it. The many different styles to the band’s music on the album help it feel unique from track to track. The baroque pop mixed with the Adult Contemporary creates two different sides to the band’s style. Whether you’re a fan of today’s music or you prefer the styles that came before, My Analog Face from The Furious Seasons has something for everyone. Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)
The Furious Seasons Review-Dagger Zine
THANK YOU FOR A SATURDAY- (STONEGARDEN)-It is funny that just by the name of a band you can get some preconceived notions in your head of what the band sounds like. When first hearing the name The Furious Seasons I had them pegged as an emo (or maybe hardcore band). Knowing that this is the same label that has released some records by The Black Watch should have dispelled that notion but it didn’t. I then remember reading a review and seeing a comparison to the Go Betweens, legendary (defunct) Aussie popsters and one of my favorite bands of all time. Needless to say I then immediately popped the cd in and have been enjoying the sweet sounds ever since. The band is made up of two brothers, David (vocals, guitars and drums) and Jeff Steinhart (bass) along with violinist Ray Chang and David writes all of the songs and though this band may new (it’s their 2nd record) he has been on countless other records with other bands Pop Art and Smart Brown Handbag. In addition to the wonderfully jangly guitars and busy violin a special treat here is David’s vocals, at once heartbreaking and supremely confident. A few of the sparkling gems here in clued “Swirling Around”, “The Way Forward”, “Where Are You?” and the slight country influence of “Drown You Out.” Seriously though, give this a listen and see if you can find any duds, you can’t. This one is already one my “Under the Radar” top 10 of 2009.