Dave Hawley – ‘Open Till Late’

Photo credit/design: Jen Hawley

An album out today from Maryland-based artist Dave Hawley, Open Till Late enthralls in its moody, nocturnal immersion — propelled by a lounge-set array of saxophone and trumpet alongside traditional rock instrumentation. The result melds blues, fusion, post-rock, and jazz for a compelling aesthetical blend.

Suave guitar stylings and seductive saxophone intertwine with atmospheric strengths on the opening “Suadade.” The intoxicating mood is palpable from the get-go, and continues on the standout “Blatherskite.” There, more upfront guitar twangs drive into an ’80s flair with the heavy doses of guitar distortion alongside more ardent saxophone components. Whereas the opener set a lush entrancement, “Blatherskite” stirs with its invigorating sound, more fit for commencing the night rather than concluding it.

Highlights are numerous beyond, ranging from the funky rock intrigue of “Munge” and the piano-laden playfulness of “Peripatetic” to the contemplative, beautiful eeriness of finale “Bogue.” Open Till Late is a showcase in atmospheric immersion from Dave Hawley, joined by the talents of Eric Buratty (drums), James Bjork (saxophone), and Jen Hawley (trumpet, vocals, harmonica).

“Blatherskite” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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