Zack Keim is a talented, up and coming musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was first introduced through his band Nox Boys. This release separates itself from that music. There is a classic, singer songwriter sound to this record. It reminds me of a mixture of Dan Layus, Bob Dylan, and Jack White.
“Open Your Doorway” was the first track I listened to. This is a love song that had me entranced, will haunting vocals and acoustic guitar. “Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield” picks up the pace. It adds another vocalist, which compliments his voice. The audience will recognize the tune of this song. “Spring” is another song that stands out. It had my feet tapping. The song starts of slow then builds into a roar. “Precious Lies” sums up the record. There is a lyrical complexity in the midst of this song. It is more than a love song and is very upbeat.
The sound is very nostalgic and simple, which is refreshing in modern music. This allows the musicians vocal and instrumental talent to captivate audiences. The lyrical content talks about everything from love to other life stories. There is a mixture of song tempos, which left me with anticipation. He has a very distinct range that’s shown throughout each song. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a solid folk record. My favorite song is “Spring.” I like the lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation.
You can purchase “First Step” at Get Hip Recordings.