Letters From Traffic -Icarus Iterations –Reciprocity Studios
Several groups have successfully mixed horn sections into a rock-pop group formula , and Seattle based Letters From Traffic look to pick up the mantle left behind by groups like Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Commodores. The group’s second full length album Icarus Iterations is a mix of energetic rock, funk, ska and soul all centered around the vocal stylings of the enigmatic Scott Concinnity.
The twelve tracks kick off with low down blues burner “Dirty,” then quickly shifts into high gear with the bouncy island spiced “Nova,” featuring a stratosphere bursting solo from trumpeter Christopher Couvillion. Concinnity then lays out a tongue twisting tale of secret love on “Helicopter Eyes,” then the ensemble delivers some vaudevillian jazz theater on “The Shag.” The guitar driven “City Ways,” with its swirling percussion hits from drummer Mathew Miller is a very Dave Mathews band styled 90’s funk rocker.
The real melodic highlight of is the lilting “Whispers,” anchored by an easy strummed acoustic guitar and soaring horn lines to go with the strongest chorus of the album, this one should be shopped and the “single.” The pulsating “No Devil,” grooves along with ease, emitting an L.A rock sound. The band kicks into full swing mode for the retelling of the parable “Lazarus.” Everyone gets a say on the final track as the band trades licks around during the saucy funk rock coda “My Cat’s Tail.”
Icarus Iterations is a very non Seattle sounding record and Letters From Traffic is taking a bold venture, pushing forward the horn band sound beyond the typical rhythm and blues format.
Rick J Bowen