Earthly Frames - "Taped Over" (Release date: April 3, 2023)

Maryland Experimental Rock Band The Earthly Frames mix melody with melancholy to great success on the new album "Taped Over." The album captures the many layers of founder and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Walsh's original musical vision. Not only does Gabriel handle Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Harmonium, and Drums. He also enlisted the help of a bevy of collaborators, who contributed Fiddle (Neil FitzGibbon), Accordion (Daire Mulhearn), Uilleann Pipes (David Stone), Harmonica (Mike Ballard), Trombone (Nikola Ristevski), Tuba (Mike Damnjanovski), Violin (Maria Grigoryeva) and Cello (Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva).

As you'd expect, the resulting musical arrangements are lush and spellbinding as music greater than the sum of its parts is forged. Wired Magazine once praised The Earthly Frames, saying, "Walsh's sound is a thick, heavy, and brooding experience pierced with beautifully melodic moments," and the description is apt.

"This is part of a ten-year project to create an album for ROYGBIV with Black and White. This album is Blue, inspired by my time in the band Timesbold." - Gabriel Walsh.

The Earthly Frames is known for chameleonic, full-stop stylistic shifts between albums. Their last album was a dark, experimental ambient affair themed on 'ecosystem degradation and the inevitable environmental collapse.' This untethered embrace of bold sounds and themes is what sets the project apart from artists who simply forge a signature and tinker with it. Walsh's work relishes in the profound and the challenging.

Listen to and purchase "Taped Over" on April 3, 2023.
Earthly Frames - "Taped Over" (Release date: April 3, 2023) Earthly Frames - "Taped Over" (Release date: April 3, 2023) Reviewed by Michael on 3/09/2023 Rating: 5