Boomkat Product Review:
Zach Condon returns in fine style with his most accomplished set of songs to date. His third album has been some four years in the making, or at least it's been that long since 'The Flying Club Cup' LP, but it's not like he's been totally a.w.o.l; we still heard from him now and again on postcard-perfect singles like 'Elephant Gun' and the still memorable 'March Of The Zapotec' EP in 2009, and when the first 'Riptide' single 'East Harlem / Goshen' landed on our doormat earlier this year, it was a sure sign that this album would be special. His songwriting has settled down from wide-eyed wanderlust to a more incisive and introspective style, touching on universal themes of love and friendship, and isolation and community which become that much more important to a person as they grow older. Those lyrics are richly animated with a refreshed instrumental palette, still sounding as effortlessly classic, yet with a greater sense of vigour and passion. Whether it's the additional violins of (A Hawk & A Hacksaw's) Heather Trost on 'Payne's Bay', the heart-breakingly delicate keys of 'Goshen' or the arpeggiated lift of what's turning out to be everyone's highlight, 'Santa Fe', these songs are confidently mature yet positively young.