Smoky and rich, not unlike the shots of whiskey sitting behind the bar in the new music video for “American Dream,” the vocal we hear in the latest studio work from The Tennessee Werewolves is undisputedly a taste country music being done the right way in 2020. Strikingly cold despite the warm trappings of a solid melodic backdrop created by the band, this voice cuts through everything to define the very mood of the lyrics in “American Dream,” and though I’m a pickier country critic than most, this is exactly what I was hoping to hear out of the indie circuit this November.
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The music video for “American Dream” almost feels like two worlds colliding, similarly to the visual and sonic aspects of the band responsible for its creation. There’s as much of a rock n’ roll, Hollywood-style aesthetic in play here as there is an old school Nashville swagger that can be as homespun as it is hardened by a life of pastoral poeticisms. Whether it be the manner of presentation or the marijuana-laced melodies that swell as we press on in the song, it makes The Tennessee Werewolves’ identity all the more accessible to casual listeners and serious fans the same.
There’s definitely a flamboyance to the stylization of the harmonies in this single that reminds me a lot of 90s crossovers in the country music genre, but I’m hesitant to describe anything in the core of this performance as being a throwback per-say. There’s just too much heart, too much of an unfiltered component to the way the lyrics are set up for me to feel like this isn’t coming directly from the souls of The Tennessee Werewolves, which is something when you think about how fake some of their biggest competition in the mainstream can be.
An edgy country tune that was conceived with millennial tastes for the alternative in mind, “American Dream” is a new favorite of mine as the autumn season prepares to descend into a chilly winter. The Tennessee Werewolves might have a menacing handle, but here they’re actually offering up one of the more accessible country crossover sounds I’ve come across since getting back into bucolic songcraft over the past two years. Americana could enjoy another renaissance in the next decade, and if it does, it will undoubtedly be due to the persistent efforts of brilliantly connective artists and groups like this one.