Sollee’s lyrics are delivered with a borderline preachy inflection—slightly nasal, with a sense of confessional conviction. “Oh, to me the world is spinning and I am such a mess,” he admits amid slinking bass and Cristina Cano’s repetitive piano on opener “May I Follow You Down.” A cannonade of Morricone-style trumpet follows on what could be the album’s lead single, “Ocean Cries Your Name,” a track awash with soaring viola and a wispy set of backing “oohs.”
embellishments shine best when they’re given room to breathe. “They All
Come Running Back to Me,” though lyrically entrenched loathing and
unrestrained ill will, offers a brash reprieve, while the instrumental
“Drum Major and Marie” shifts with clarinet, trumpet and galloping drums
courtesy of Wooden Indian Burial Ground bassist Paul Seely. Yet,
despite differing bandmates and ornamental string arrangements,
Albatross remains very much ingrained with Sollee’s trademark
storytelling—which, for better or worse, sounds very familiar.
SEE IT: Albatross plays Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant, 5474 NE Sandy Blvd., with the Morals, on Thursday, Feb. 20. 8 pm. Free. 21+.