With a career’s worth of accolades and special performances under their belt, you wouldn’t blame folk-rockers Stormy Mondays if they were somewhat jaded by now. But that just simply isn’t the case as the group looks out at a bright future with a double release that ranks among their best work.
The split EP Lay Of The Land / Wading The River features six songs a piece that Stormy Mondays recorded with a number of collaborators and sequenced in an effort to minimize auditive fatigue. That latter notion holds true when evaluating the EPs as a whole and as two separate entities as the band crafts a blend of folk and rock that works in emotional depth in peaks and valleys of lyrics and style.
Wading The River is the more rock oriented of the two as Stormy Mondays gives a nod to the concept album classic rockers like The Who or Pink Floyd with a lot of what they’re doing. For a folkier affair, you have Lay Of The Land which introduces a bunch of natural instruments into the Stormy Mondays sound that have never been utilized before.
The two EPs are today’s SIMGE Stream as we recommend taking some time out to listen to them back to back in whichever order you’re keen to below.