I've always thought of Ernest Troost as a folk/ Piedmont blues kind of guy but his latest album, O Love, proves that his master songwriting chops translate just as well into a more electric americana / rock vibe. Ernest Troost's O Love opens with a dark and scary track called "Old Screen Door that paints around the edges with various hints of a violent relationship but never quite shows you the whole picture and it gives you that feeling of wanting to peek around a corner into a room where you're afraid their might have been a murder. The title track has some great picking overlaid on a driving beat and moody atmospheric guitar work and it's probably the best example of the album's vibe. But for me the knock out track is gentle, pining acoustic love song called "The Last To Leave."
I'm adding "Old Screen Door," "Pray Real Hard," "O Love," "The Last To Leave," and "Weary Traveler."
Preview O Love by Ernest Troost on Amazon.
Ernest Troost is featured on episode 195.
- "Pray Real Hard" is featured on Americana Music Show #248.
O Love by Ernest Troost, from the one sheet:
Ernest Troost is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins using the words of Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Gertrude Stein, and others. Los Angeles-based Troost’s scores for films include the cult classic Tremors and HBO’s award-winning Lesson Before Dying. In Troost’s stunning new album, O LOVE, he turns his attention to love songs, and by adding electric guitar and drums to his well-known folk and Piedmont stylings, he’s created his most powerfully dramatic album to date. From the
tortured father/son relationship of “Old Screen Door” or the fragmented images of “O Love” to the simple grace of “Close,” Troost’s songs linger in your mind like a loving memory or a terrifying nightmare. As always, Troost’s songs are rooted in character, situation, and narrative and are adroitly layered to present what FolkWorks called “a broad and colorful canvas of Americana.” A fine example of the darker side explored on this record is the hard-rockin’ “Old Screen Door,” where Troost sings, “There
was blood on the handrail and some on the floor/This house was my home, but it ain’t no more.” Yet, all’s right with the world in “All I Ever Wanted,” where he sings, “I spoke in tongues at an old revival show/I chased the devil down where no one else would go/There ain’t nothin’ else I crave, whether I’m lost or whether I’m saved/’Cause all I ever wanted was you.” Here’s a collection of love songs that will draw you in and ask you to reflect on love’s many guises.