Myron Elkins, Factories, Farms & Amphetamines Review
by John Gaddis
Myron Elkins is a rock blues artist from Otsego, Michigan, releasing his debut album Factories, Farms & Amphetamines. Elkins’ music combines a fusion of Southern rock, soul country, Motown, and country blues with dirty guitars, and his voice is seasoned well beyond his years 21-years. Producer Dave Cobb focuses on Elkins’ voice and the song’s personal perspective, reflecting Elkins’ blue-collar origins.
“Sugartooth” has a country blues feel with moving guitars and a driving beat. Elkins’ voice is raspy and has an authentic quality that fits this style to a tee. His inflections and accents bring attention to the swing rhythm as his lyrics tell their stomping story. Elkins has a heartland vibe with an assured vocal timbre that will catch you and keep you through the song’s duration.
‘Hands to Myself’ rolls around, and it’s clear that Elkins’ confidence is fully assured as his smokey vocals sing off the complicated topic of domestic abuse. The music is catchy, and the Motown influence fits Elkins’ vocal style. The added vocal backgrounds are a nice touch too.
Factories, Farms & Amphetamines offers music fans various styles and vocal sounds. The tracks range from formally complex, to songs constructed around simple riffs. Still, Elkins’ songwriting is storytelling and deals with many emotions through many textures. There is a depth to the music that suggests and shadows, allowing curious listeners to approach it and fill in the gaps with everyday life situations, giving Factories, Farms & Amphetamines a broad appeal.
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