Daniel Tortoledo’s debut, solo album takes inspiration from a range of music all of which seems to fall into what you would call “classic.” Such music, encompassing everything from Neil Young to George Harrison, Bob Dylan to Devendra Banhart, not so much avoids generic labels but rather rise above such unnecessary limitations. And so does Through Out These Years. Sure, it wanders through rootsy rock, folk flavours, Americana vibes and singer-songwriter tastefulness but the end result has that perfect combination of integrity and accessibility and it is that balancing act which elevates such music.
Eloise is a gorgeously tasteful blend of alternative country and folk rock, an immediate candidate for world-wide radio play right there, Bottle of Wine is a 60’s infused pop-rocker and Spare Time is a lilting and likeable slice of textured and chiming, pop perfection. And between these more obvious tracks there are clever pieces for which the term “album track” hardly does justice; the Beatle-esque ballad that is the title track and the spacious and emotive, Intermission, a musical sorbet to cleanse the pallette between songs.
There is no quick fix which gets you into the “classic club” it takes time and no small amount of talent. Through Out These Years does however suggest that Daniel Tortoledo has already taken giant steps in that direction.