A little over a year from the release of his album 27 Berkeley CA based singer-songwriter M. Lockwood Porter is back with another classy album of original material, the new album How To Dream Again feels as if it will translate well to an acoustic live performance, though the recording strikes a balance and doesn’t let go of all of the rock and pop elements of its predecessor but the songs definitely have a stronger troubadour feel to them soaking up the history and tradition of progressive folk and roots artists the album draws inspiration from contemporary writers including Chomsky and Klein to create a heady cocktail of social commentary, in a world of increasingly apolitical music M. Lockwood Porter has an affinity and understanding of the need for music to push past the anodyne. Highly Recommended.
“I can’t have a conversation with anyone my age right now without talking about things like inequality, gentrification, racial injustice, student debt, or climate change. I wanted to make a piece of art that captures this time, where daily life is political.”
Updated: album now available in the UK via the fine folks at Hidden Trail Records and on lovely blue vinyl too……….
Really enjoyed the single release from this album that I posted about earlier in the year, I’ve had the album in my inbox for a while now should have posted something sooner, but better late then never I guess and the good news is the rest of the album is every bit as good as the single Chris Bell that caught my ear back in March. The album takes a meandering path through roots rock, drawing inspiration from country to blue-collar and much of the in-between hitting plenty of the sweet spots on it’s journey.