The most apt word to describe Abram Shook would be dreamy. It’s an adjective that gets overused a lot when writing about music, but it’s the only one that comes to mind that accurately captures the charming, refreshing effect of his music. On “Understood,” the Austin songwriter has nestled comfortably into a happy medium between chill out tunes and confident swagger. It’s is the first single from his upcoming new album, Landscape Dream, and it slides along with a swelling effervescence. Abram’s voice is a fluttering, warm, and welcoming presence, supported by a muscular backbone that carries throughout the track. Scattered interludes of pinging and blips at Abram’s more experimental edge, turning “Understood” into a great lesson on how smart arrangements can effectively elevate a song. Listen below.
Landscape Dream is out 5/12 via Western Vinyl.