The Hollow Ends seamlessly perfects a merging of genres with their new full-length album, Bears in Mind. A pulsing folk rhythm drives the album with socially conscious lyrics by St. Louis singer-songwriter Zachary Schwartz, who delivers the words with a passionate resonance. “The Low” sets the mood of the album with a traditional folk vibe that will surely have your foot tapping by the time the chorus hits. Transitioning to a more upbeat feel, “Close to Flames” showcases Schwartz’ powerhouse vocals alongside stomp-clap folk and a pulsating kick drum. The next few tracks take you on a journey of 80s throwback pop, Americana and punk, which is beautifully executed by harmonious musicianship and dynamic vocals by Schwartz.
Changing the mood to a more nostalgic and heartwarming feel, “Coddle Eyed” includes a violin and harmonica into the mix for a truly folk feel. Shifting to a more dream-pop carnival essence, “The Air” and “Ibex Fights” show The Hollow Ends diversity and ability to move from upbeat folk to a moody slow feel. Finishing out strong, the last track of the album “Leaving Town” builds a propulsive crescendo that pair alongside Schwartz’s most powerfully evocative vocals yet. The album gives elements of multiple genres while showcasing the talent and heart The Hollow Ends possess.
Be sure to follow The Hollow Ends on social media and check out their debut album Bears In Mind out July 27th via Brave New Records. Catch them tomorrow at their record release show at the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO.