ARTIST / BAND: New Jared Mees & the Grown Children
ALBUM: ONLY GOOD THOUGHTS CAN STAY
FILE UNDER: folk rock, indie, soul
LABEL: Tender Loving Empire
INFO: Despite its title, Only Good Thoughts Can Stay is not an anthem for blind faith in simple pleasures. Pairing sometimes dark lyrical matter with uptempo major-chord progressions, the newest album from Portland, Oregon’s Jared Mees and the Grown Children examines the give-and-take inherent in struggles for self-fulfillment while walking a tightrope between naive exuberance and cynical skepticism. This balancing act results in a sound that is joyful yet introspective; a rollicking Americana tale of modern life, be it hellish or heavenly.