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Pico vs Island Trees is a trio of scary talented 19-year-olds en route to college, who have taken a detour into recording smart, pop-inflected songs. Lead vocalist Bryan Carter sounds faintly like a John Mayer with balls and much better song writing skills. The songs have a hint of Counting Crows and Ben Folds Five, but, alas, arrive at quite a unique popular vision.
The music is mostly acoustically based with electric overtones and a bit of an island feel. Chris Karlsson’s guitar adds shimmering electricity to the natural acoustics of the recording. This is a very hopeful freshman effort that leads one to believe that these three young men will grow into the hook-generating songwriters they are destined to be. This ability is amply illustrated on "Six Up" and "More Than You Could No." This is music full of innocence and youthful enthusiasm, which makes it irresistable.
The band’s name is cheekily taken from a First Amendment court case of the same title. Now, that is the way to name a band.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.