Midwest Soul Xchange – “Roots”


“Roots” has a tinted, lackadaisical charm that’s propelled by calming vocals (somewhat reminiscent of Michael Stipe), gentle acoustics, straightforward percussion and a comfortingly faint backing synth pad. Lyrics like “everyday I see nothing but green, but still my eyes have a story to tell,” over the serene arsenal provide a sense of calm retrospection, a feeling further conveyed by the powerful dual-vocal approach of Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier, whose mutual tendencies for melodic serenity results in a cohesive collaboration. Their abilities as vocalists, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists have played off well with one another to make their Midwest Soul Xchange project an effective one.

The track is off their new album, New American Century.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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