2. In a Minute
4. Man From Far
6. Guarjiro Negro
8. Rising Sun
9. Nothing to do with You
A desert is certainly an interesting place; so interesting, mystical and legendary that it’s no surprise there are numerous genres like Desert Rock music surfing the airwaves across the USA, Europe and further afield.
Plus, it is no surprise that bands like Inez, hailing both from Basel, Switzerland and Tucson, Arizona has centred themselves around the wizardry, witchcraft, myths and legends of the vast sandy plains of the world, as demonstrated in their new studio release: ‘Now’.
I would start off by saying this album is more on the acoustic side of the ‘Americana Desert Pop’ the band refer to themselves as, and it scored a fair target on more than one level, such as vocalist Ines Brodbeck reminding me a tiny bit of Jinx Dawson of Coven – the woman who brought witchery into the Hard Rock canon. It is beautiful to hear her singing in more than one language, so you have versatility in the band’s outreach from there.
If you like music that will remind you of all the best sort of Wild West entertainment, there are plenty of harmonicas and Latin guitars to make you feel like you’re out on the range tending to a herd of cattle and hearing tales of travelling outlaws and the like. So, if you want something that combines the relaxing chords of Bob Dylan and Neil Young but holds the mysticism of a decent Acid Rock festival, give Inez a spin on the turntable.
Overall, ‘Now’ didn’t strike me as outstanding, but a fair shot at a debut piece that showcases the group’s wide range of talents but hasn’t quite come into its own yet. A nice outing which means the band has the potential for the future.
Review by Demitri Levantis