Well, what an amazing start to 2020! Auburn were lucky enough to tour with the Flying Burritos and boy, did we have a blast (so much so in fact that we’ll be touring again with them in December). Check out the videos below for some behind the scenes footage and keep checking back because the official tour dates will be released soon! Whether you missed it this time or just enjoyed it so much that you want to do it all over again – we can’t wait to see you all there.
Auburn Game of Faith Review by Gary Hill
Over the years I’ve reviewed quite a bit of music from this act. While there is a definite range in terms of musical concepts, it’s all high quality. It’s also all artsy and non-mainstream. This set leans in the jazz, blues and folk zone. It’s mostly mellow and all classy.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2019 Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
Track by Track Review
Game of Faith
The title track opens the set. It has a cool, bluesy kind of Americana in the rather stripped down guitar arrangement. The vocals are a bit whispered and so cool. It all works together to create an intriguing and entertaining song. As it rises up a bit more there is some killer clean electric guitar soloing.
Bad Girl, Good Woman
This isn’t a huge change, but it’s very cool. Some organ lends a different flavor. The cut really works so well. There is more of a jazzy edge to this one. The vocals on this number are almost spoken.
I Don’t Love Him
Even jazzier, I love the old school guitar fills built into this thing. The retro bluesy vibe here is a real charm of the piece.
Stripped back, this is just guitar and vocals. It’s an intimate kind of retro styled blues tune.
More energized, this has more of a jazz meets rock arrangement, but the guitar based version of that. While there are plenty of retro elements here, this is among the most modern sounding stuff here. It’s a nice bit of variety and a piece of class.
There is a bit of a Latin vibe to this cut. It’s a dramatic piece with a lot of charm and style. It’s a bit of variety for the set, too. Yet, it still fits quite well amidst the rest.
Red Velvet Pillow
This comes in with another stripped back blues arrangement. It’s another that is just guitar and voice at the onset. Other instruments join after the first verse, and we’re off with a stylish blues arrangement.
I love the guitar fills on this tune. There is a bit of a dreamy quality to this number. It’s more of a folk rock tune with Americana in the mix.
Gentle folk music is the concept here. The arrangement is simple and delicate, letting the piece really shine.
It’s Not Love
More of a roots rock Americana groove creates the basis for this number. The vocals are more of the whispering variety. There are some great retro guitar fills built into this thing. I really love the guitar work late in the track.
Float to Blue
Much more of a rock song, this is still packed full of retro stylings. Yet, it does have a more modern element than some of the rest do. This is classy stuff that works so well. It’s one of my favorites here.
Spoke in the Wheel
There is a bit of a dreamy folk rock vibe to this. It’s another cut that leans in a bit more modern direction. Yet, it’s still built on some serious retro Americana. This is all class and one of the highlights here.
Like I Do
Here we get another bluesy rocker. While this is a solid tune, it’s not a standout.
A pretty song, this has a stripped down, folk arrangement. It is a nice way to take the set to its closing.
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Game of Faith, from Auburn and it’s quite interesting. Opening with Game of Faith, a cool jazzy pop track with really strong vocals by Liz Lenten and clean, stylized guitar work by Thomm Jutz really make this one of my favorites on the release. Backed by Mark Fain on bass, Lynn Williams on drums and Britt Savage on backing vocals, a real nice opener. Lightly salted funky track, I Don’t Love Him has a great feel and just the right amount of lead guitar. A purposeful melody and lush chords make this track an outstanding radio prospect. I really like the delicate balance between Lenten’s almost fragile vocal and the saturated tone of the electric guitar on It’s Not Love. Very interesting contrast. Another track that keeps me listening is Spoke In The Wheel and Lenten’s almost Toya Wilson like vocal delivery, against the glistening chords of Jutz. Wrapping the release is sensitive ballad, His Arm sand Lenten’s vocals balanced lightly on the acoustic guitar work of Jutz. I wouldn’t say this is a traditional blues release by any means, but it is a really interesting release.