Odds Lane has a new album out on Gulf Coast Records. It’s called Lost & Found. But first, for those not familiar with the act in question, a bit o’ background.
Odds Lane is a St. Louis-based pair of performers who have been working together on and off for 25 years. Specifically, they are Doug Byrkit (vocals, guitars, and bass) and Brian Zielie (drums). They began playing live and recording as Odds Lane in 2003. In 2004 they were invited to record at the legendary Sun Studios as part of a move to promote up-and-coming music acts.
Their resume now includes several indie projects. Their 2012 release, Dark Matters, which scored Byrkit an ASCAP Plus Songwriting Award. They have toured around the world with various other artists. Their signature sound is a blend of blues, blues-rock, and contemporary blues.
Lost & Found
Not to be confused with the mediocre 2005 Will Smith disc of the same name, this Lost & Found was inspired by an album they recorded years ago with producer Mike Zito. It was titled Blue Room and was recently re-released on Ruf Records on its 20th anniversary. The music here on their third platter is also obviously influenced by the duo’s South St. Louis blues-rock and funk roots.
It’s got blues-rock riffs, effective hooks, and relatable, real-life lyrics. The pair of songwriters are backed by Zito on slide guitar.
Track by track
The 11-track CD opens on “Don’t Give It Away.” This jam is a great road trip song. It’s even a bit down and dirty. “Seven States” was no doubt born of their own touring experience and is highlighted by a guitar-driven groove.
“Ain’t Missing You” is a little bit funkier and focuses on love, loss and if you listen closely, maybe a bit of denial too.
The titular “Lost & Found” is a bit of almost pop-rock and has a near-bouncy groove of its own.
“Moth To A Flame” has a sly, playful rhythm that works well in this genre.
“Hard Rain” is a dark and softer cut. It touches on the concept of the relationship between nature and man’s moods.
“Blood On The Van” tells a tale too strange to not be true. (It loses a point for using the term “po-po.”) But seriously, you can’t help but think somewhere on the road this kind of thing could happen.
“Spare Change” is a song that follows in the footsteps of such classics as “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” It’s a hard-driven fun spin on a panhandler piece.
Not to be confused the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, this “What’s Your Name” is more of a song about a phrase that could be a pick-up line or maybe something more sincere. “A Little Too Late” a welcome departure from the other cuts. It has a different tempo and feel with almost a tinge of world music to it.
“White Castle Blues” isn’t a cover of the 1986 Smithereens song of the same name. It’s an inside joke understood by anyone who travels anywhere you can find a certain 24-hour restaurant popular for its inexpensive burgers. The song is certainly ready for (ahem) commercial use.
Overall the album is over 42 minutes of blues-based autobiographical songs. It’s an album rife with original, tuneful tales of oft’times odd adventures that they somehow unintentionally attract. In a recent e-mail Byrkit described the album:
“Our new album “Lost & Found” we consider our best work yet. We had a great time recording in Texas with our old friend Mike Zito producing and are very excited about bringing it to the masses in 2019 with its release on Gulf Coast Records!”
So check out Odd Lane’s Lost & Found before it’s just “A Little Too Late.”