“Sit down kids, I’m going to tell you a story…” could very easily have been the first words uttered from Seth Goodman’s mouth on White Space Flavors and Parties on TV. As he begins to sing the opening lines to “New World”, I couldn’t help but find myself comforted yet intrigued. The soft yet commanding tone of his voice demands your respect and attention. What you get is a brief glimpse into the mind and heart of a man who captures your soul and imagination.
White Space Flavors and Parties on TV sounds eerily like an unreleased David Bowie album. While that may come off as ill-deserved high praise, try to ride this one out with me for a bit. It’s all about the delivery, and the vocals are very reminiscent of the Space Oddity himself. As far as subject matter, songs range from “nail on the head” to largely abstract. Dipping its toes in several genres and generations, none of which come off especially contemporary. Seth Goodman brings the listener to a different time and place throughout the 10-track album.
Musically, White Space Flavors and Parties on TV is varied and dynamic in its approach. At times it presents itself as a stripped down, acoustic session. Other times you are treated to sweeping flourishes of string and brass instrumentation. All the while, Seth Goodman’s voice compliments each section perfectly. His sound is never brash, loud or over bearing. It remains calm and soothing, but never boring.
While White Space Flavors and Parties on TV may not be the most widely approachable album of 2014, those that do find it enjoyable will want to visit over and over. Maybe they’ll find a place for it on a gardening or lounging playlist. Let Seth and Co. sit you down for a spell and tell you about a simpler time, that could easily be the past or the future. Either way, you won’t want to miss the story.
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