Danube Trail is just one of the glorious tracks from Arbor Creek’s debut self-titled 2018 album that I fell I instantaneously fell in love with. For those who aren’t familiar with their effervescent sound, Arbor Creek are a Psychedelic Blues Rock outfit from Illinois who I’m fairly certain are well on their way to being the next big American Alt Rock act.
Before you start taking a collective sigh ‘not another revival band’, I’d like to put it out there that Arbor Creek are no mere assimilation of sound from decades gone by. Their immersive, progressive style quite literally made the hair on the back of my neck stick up through the complexity of their instrumental breakdowns. Taking inspiration from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and My Morning Jacket, the bands powerful attack of talent should have really come as no surprise. Yet nothing could quite prepare you for the ingenuity behind each progression of the chord and twist of the rhythm, whilst the vocals to Danube Trail were a straight up mix of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Curtis Stigers.
Review by Amelia Vandergast