Away & Alongshore
Carefree melodies blend with kind but taunting words to form the songs on "Away and Alongshore." Jary Maurice utilizes an acoustic selection of instruments and his voice is as blunt as can be, yet clear and compelling. He writes songs that combine simple elements and basic progressions to create uplifting memorable tunes. The result places the album somewhere in between Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. The summer, beach and ocean are clearly audible with his laid-back, reggae-like rhythms. "Charm and Myth" reveals a longing that evolves from being left behind. The song's lyrics are a collection of observations. They are phrased as if it's undetermined whether they are flattering or insulting. The final track, "Davenport," appears to be the theme song for experiencing escape and being by the sea. A ukulele is the only accompaniment for Maurice's voice here. That spare aesthetic implants the picture of togetherness by a beach bonfire in the listener's mind. Vocalists Carla Roach and Megan Mueller lend their voices to add warmth in the higher registers to the choruses of "Collapse," "Charm and Myth," and "Fresh Pair of Ears." Talented Bay Area drummer and percussionist Darren dePuglia, sweetens the rhythm sections of "Charm and Myth" and "Any Better." The album yields an honest, unaltered sound and Josh Hippauf's mixing lays a harmonic foundation for Bill Hare, a well-established producer in the a cappella market, who gently amplifies this image. With the help of sound engineers Jono Mueller and Dave Riegert, the album was recorded in Maurice's apartment, San Jose Sound Management Studios, as well as a church in Sunnyvale, California.