Night Owl is a hot track; the effort will have listeners singing along after the first spin. Where many have likely heard this track by Ames, I feel that it only provides a small snippet to the mythos that is Ames. The rest of the tracks on Night Owl showcase a performer that is constantly changing and pushing each track to its logical extension. Taken together, Night Owl is one of the best albums that we have heard this year.
Human Race is a track that is utterly unique. The interaction between the vocal and instrumental sides of things makes for a bouncy effort. This track will ensnare listeners in a variety of ways; the production allows the guitars, vocals, or percussion the ability to shine. However, each instrument is influenced by and influences the balance of the act. Human Race may cut out before the 2:30 mark, but listeners will stick around to hear what else is up Ames’ sleeve. Walk In The Park is a track that takes on the flowery pop of the sixties along with the focus on the interactions between instruments promoted by Jethro Tull. Vocals are not needed to further the narrative on Walk In the Park; listeners will be taken in mind to the titular activity.
Never Going Back Again is the penultimate track on Night Owl, and this slice of America just feels as if it could be played at any point during the last thirty years. With such a free and open style, Willie Ames is able to make this Fleetwood Classic his very own. Make sure to pick up a copy of Night Owl on Ames’ personal website. We’re eagerly anticipating any other tracks that he may create in the years to come.
Top Tracks: Walk In The Park, Dance With You
Willie Ames – Night Owl (CD) / 2012 Self / 11 Tracks / http://www.willieames.com