Kevin Andrew Prchal (CD release), The Long Lost, Gia Margaret

Sat, Aug 05 2017, 8:30pm - $10 - At Ticketfly or just pay at the door - Tickets

KEVIN ANDREW PRCHAL: At first blush, "Love & Summer," the third full-length album from Chicago-based singer/songwriter, Kevin Andrew Prchal, is a rollicking celebration of its two titular themes. Radiating romance and whimsy, the album revels in the never-ending present of love; its songs ecstatic and tender, playful and impassioned. Early on, "Love & Summer" stakes out its territory—a green and blossoming world which Prchal explores with breathless wonder and delight. Musically and lyrically, its mood is pastoral: fiddles and pedal steel mingle with the recurring voices of cicadas, and Prchal draws on a register of natural images to populate its landscape. Yet even while "Love & Summer" presents an homage to this idealized world, the album is also—perhaps more so—a paean to an evanescent present, where, as Prchal sings, “time will fade like sugar on your tongue.” In this sense, the insistent optimism of "Love & Summer" is motivated less by the dizzy raptures of love than by a hard-won awareness of the fleetingness of things and a determination to remain focused on the here-and-now of real human connection.

THE LONG LOST: The Long Lost, a female-fronted Americana group from the Chicago area, puts their unique vocal style and storytelling front and center. Understanding the power of harmony, Katie Burke and Andi Avalos effortlessly blend their voices as a narrative device, allowing the listener to think beyond melody and truly experience the story they are telling. Inspired by the indie folk sounds of bands such as First Aid Kit and The Head and the Heart, The Long Lost’s music evokes the rootsy feeling of growing up in the Midwest.