The latest release from Lowell, MA's The Old Rochelle didn't grab me right away. It was good, but we hear a lot of good music that just kind of fades into the background without ever quite getting our attention. But halfway through Pony Steps something just clicked. The Old Rochelle have this odd mainstream-but-not-really-mainstream-at-all take on Americana. The songs on Pony Steps can be kind of a rough listen at times, but the more you listen the more that becomes the charm of it all. It's all these semi-ramblin' ramshackle songs that are just being belted out with a charming intensity. It sounds like Springsteen decided to make an indie folk record but couldn't help bringing the full band along to fully anthem the songs up. The songs have an odd feel to them, like they're all first takes in the same late night session. If that doesn't help you give The Old Rochelle the full listen they deserve, I don't know what could.
You can listen to "It's All a Mystery" below. Pony Steps, the new album from The Old Rochelle is available for the "name your price" option over at Bandcamp. If you do choose the free option, be sure to at the very least give The Old Rochelle a follow on Facebook and Twitter.