JAMMIN’ WITH JAMIE
ALBUM REVIEW: A TACIT ACCORD
by Ver Novum
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Stretto Records
Produced & mastered by Kris Magnuson and Mike Brown at Lava Room Recording
Engineered by Mike Brown
Mastered by Andrew Darby (Georgetown Masters)
Release date: March 11th, 2022
VER NOVUM is:
AMEERA HUSEIN: VOCALS
KRIS MAGNUSON: GUITAR/KEYS
Cover art by Kris Magnuson and Dustin Lopez
- A Syndrome
- À La Mode
- The Cull
- Gute Nacht
- Morning Song
- As It Should
The video was taken by David McNair.
The debut album features 10 tracks from the talented duo including an instrumental tune called “Morning Song.” To me, it’s an easy-listening song perfect for a Sunday morning paired your coffee (or tea) and possibly followed with a cigarette.
Although I enjoyed the whole album in its entirety, my favorite track by far was “Smolder.”
This lyric in particular stuck out to me:
“I wanna wake and live through a perfect dream
I’m sick of things turning out as they seem…”
The song made me reflect on the past few years and the feeling of being on autopilot through the pandemic and as other tragic world events have unfolded.
“We wanted to create a concept album that addresses what goes wrong when people bury their reservations and misgivings for the sake of stability,” Ameera explained. “Our goal was to write an experimental rock album that was still catchy, [and] accessible enough for the casual listener, yet each song to really stand on its own and have its own sonic identity.”
A Tacit Accord does just that. It is an album with variety. Some of the tracks put me in a deep thought and others made me want to jam out in the car with the windows rolled down.
Besides Ameera and Kris, the debut album also features other talented musicians such as Quinn Jacobs (bass), Tony Kazel (drums), Mark Matthews (bass), Haig Hovsepain (violin), Emera Gurath (violin), Claire Peyrebrune (viola), and Lydia Rhea (cello).
Ameera also was able to connect to another audience as well with “Gute Nacht” where she sings in German.
PURCHASE A TACIT ACCORD
If you’d like to leave a tip when purchasing, please see the “Contribute” button on their main website. If you choose to leave a tip, 15% of proceeds will go to the music program at Cleveland’s Rainey Institute, which provides a year-long art education for Cleveland’s most economically vulnerable youth.