Efren began as Scott Low, who wrote and recorded the debut album Thunder and Moan in the spring of 2009. With friends Low performed the songs live and the band was born. Playing almost 100 shows in the first year and recording and releasing a full band EP Always Been a Bleeder, (see our original post here) the band took the songs to stages across the southeast.
Influenced by Americana, country, rock, and folk, the music is in constant flux and has been compared to Iron and Wine, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, The Band, Pink Floyd, and Mumford and Sons. This is modern Americana music with a hint of psychedelia and experimentation. This is North Georgia folk music with songs about front porches, losing love, bourbon and good friends gone and still here.
From quiet and solo (Salt to Be Free), to epic psychedelic rockers (Mr. Greene), to bluegrass stompers (Frogbird), Efren played all through the night finding what would formulate the new LP. After weeks of tweaking, the album was put into limbo as Low fell into a dark marital separation. As time passed, a new outlook on the album came about. Though not the original intention, Rise On Up And Melt became a songwriter’s story of lost faith in love and trust.
Four songs in particular encapsulate Low’s fall and recovery from a lost family. The harmonious title track was the single love song ever written about Scott’s recent ex-wife. The lonely Salt to Be Free is about experiencing doubt as these vows promised were slowly escaping, fraying, and collapsing. The song Like a Coat has mutated in meaning from a realization that a love and a relationship was over, into an anthem that one can alter perspective and find true love and trust. Finally, the closing song on the album, Sunday Light, was written as a new, maybe reckless love emerged. The possibility of happiness was glimpsed and a spontaneous song was born. Within 20 minutes ‘Sunday Light’ was written and recorded in a way unconventional to the rest of the album; on Low’s phone!
It’s some story – check them out.
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Download Efren – Like A Coat mp3 (from Rise On Up And Melt)