Derek Hoke - Bring The Flood LP
Dark times call for dark songs. At least that‰۪s how East Nashville based singer/ songwriter Derek Hoke sees it. On his new album, the portentously titled Bring the Flood (Little Hollywood), Hoke dives into a sound far more ominous, threatening, and anxiously introspective than the music on his previous three full length releases would suggest. ‰ÛÏSo much pain and sorrow/more than I‰۪ve ever seen,‰ sings Hoke on the opening ‰ÛÏLove Don‰۪t Live Around Here,‰ an exploration of life passing by for people stuck in their small town existence. And for most of the next 40 minutes, he explores various shades of unease, if not quite gloom, of the characters that populate this world with the confidence and musical prowess gleaned through years of working in Nashville, one of the toughest, most competitive songwriting scenes in the nation, if not the world.
Assisted by contributions from friends and neighbors such as Elizabeth Cook, Langhorne Slim, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Luther Dickinson, then molded into a cohesive whole by longtime producer and friend from childhood Dex Green, Bring the Flood finds Hoke more visceral, honest and intuitive than at any other point in his career. Never one to release the same record twice, this album nevertheless marks a substantial shift in Hoke‰۪s approach away from the rootsy, singer/songwriter vein and towards a more edgy, low boil, subtle country infused rock oriented style.