Night Driving in Small Towns is not only a mouthful to say, but also an earful of music that incorporates simple yet elegant keyboards coupled with rhythmic guitar and pleasant vocal harmonies. The duo of Andrea Rogers and Colby Wright have been at it for a number of years now, writing together for nearly a decade. After listening to their new seven-song EP, Closure (out today), it’s obvious the pair work seamlessly together; their dynamic musical chemistry shines through their songs. Overall, the EP is a short and sweet journey through the heart, mind and soul of what it’s like trying to move on before, during and after an emotional break-up. Every song is sung as a duet, but the cool little twist is that Rogers and Wright stay away from each person taking a role in the story, allowing each track to exist as its own separate entity.
One of my personal favorites on this EP is “Meet Me at the Station.” Framed by simple open chord progressions and a slow, drawn-out tempo, Rogers’ voice, backed by Wright’s harmonies, is a joy to listen to. The song engenders a feeling of nostalgia for the characters, who seem to be reliving the good parts of the relationship, you know, those early on feelings of yearning and excitement for the other person when all feels right with the world. It’s a lovely tune, one that resonates and sticks with you long after it’s over.
Closure is available now as a digital download via the duo’s Bandcamp page.
Night Driving in Small Towns will celebrate the release of Closure this Thursday night, November 1, at the Earl when they open for Frontier Ruckus and Foreign Fields. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is $10 ADV / $12 DOS. Purchase Tickets.