Following on from their 2015 debut long player, Seeds of Change, Guthrie Trio’s latest EP, Fresh Ground, is a welcome return for this laid-back combo from Western Australia that plays feel-good roots and reggae.
Fresh Ground is hazy summer fun in a world gone bad. Let it play on repeat for a while and you’ll grow to love it…
With lilting guitars and gentle beats, this five-track EP features 420-friendly music and lyrics that will quickly become every stoner’s favourite soundtrack for a Sunday-afternoon blaze; but also wouldn’t be out of place as background music at a hipster garden party.
The music is Jack Johnson meets Ben Harper, with a little bit of Aussie hip hop styling thrown in for good measure. It creeps up on you like the very best natural highs, seeping into your consciousness and leaving you singing along before you’re even aware you’ve fallen under its spell.
Lyrically, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a bunch of out and proud green party candidates — I inhale the good shit / Exhale the bullshit — but this is just proof that its actually OK to wear your heart on your sleeve.
Fresh Ground is hazy summer fun in a world gone bad. Let it play on repeat for a while and you’ll grow to love it and, if you object, jog on.