This is AM country. The aesthetic is all there: the dusty microphone and the tape recorder, the guitar jangles and clockwork drumming. And it should be — recorded in Welland, ON with Ian Romano (brother of Daniel), there is a new Nashville rising out of central Canada, all neon signs and manuel suits.
But Ferrio’s sense of melody makes the record. The tension and dynamic of “Free Man, Switzerland” or the stretched, tempered and barely resolved vocal line in “Popular Flower” leave room for those feelings he lays bare, stretches like steel strings.