Album Review: Telescopes by Waking Ashland

Album Name: Telescopes
Artist: Waking Ashland
Year/Label: 2006 / Immortal Records

[Buy at Immortal Records]

Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Well, if you know me, you know I love me some piano pop. You also know I’m going to love this band when the lead singer/pianist Jonathan Jones mentions Billy Joel in his bio. Not only does he have great taste in music, his voice is heart melting and his piano playing is lovely. *sigh*.

The other member of the band is Ryan Lallier on Guitar and Vocals. I am not sure who I would compare these guys to. I’m sure there’s some popular band that is played on the radio that is similar, but since I don’t listen to commercial radio much I can’t make an educated comparison.

Maybe whoever sings that “I’m 23 for a moment…” song. That’s Five for Fighting right? See, I’m not a total loser. Let’s say him mixed with Ben Folds Five (and I even know that Five for Fighting is mainly only one person). I’m starting to sense a pattern of bands that play piano and whose name indicates that there are 5 members but there are not. But I digress…

Waking Ashland has put out a very nice record, albeit short. At 7 songs, it’s longer than a standard EP, but a tad shorter than a full length. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a great record and if you like piano driven pop you’ve got to get your hands on this.

Posted on June 11, 2006

Track Listing
1. Reseda
2. Telescopes
3. Open Doors
4. Tortoise and the Hare
5. Flowers on a Wall
6. Under a Gun
7. Julian

[Waking Ashland Official Site]


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