Great Northern are a band I am just starting to become familiar with, not just because of their origins, but their music also has a tendency to range significantly all the way through an album, from soft, to harder rock, and even in to a bit of Electronica, they are certainly an enigma, but a good one, like Marmite! Great Northern originate from Los Angeles, California, which surprised me a bit, not sure why, just didn’t expect this style of music from the Hollywood state, I’m glad it did.
“Houses” is taken from their second and current studio album Remind Me Where the Light Is, and in my opinion is the best track they have produced so far. It is by far the most commercial of all their music, but hey I guess that’s just my Simon Cowell side coming through (minus the terrible taste in music and camp demeanor). “Houses” is just a great pounding track though, no mucking about, just straight in to a great drum beat, and strumming guitar that makes you start to nod your head, then your feet start to join in for good measure. Then something else happens, Rachel Stolte starts to sing, which might possibly be one of the most relaxed, chilled, and sexy voices I have heard, it’s like she’s making love to you just by whispering through your ear drums! Maybe I’m over exaggerating, but I can’t get enough of her voice, even the chorus sounds like she’s barely breaking into a lyrical sweat, very very enjoyable. This isn’t a new band or a track by any means, but look it up if you can, it might fill a missing piece of your musical puzzle.
Great Northern are currently working on their third studio album, and if this song doesn’t make you look it up, just listen to Rachel Stolte’ voice a few more times, and you will be running for your copy in no time, just make sure you wait a while before going outside, she’s that exciting (cheeky wink). I just hope you enjoy this band as much as I do, this review takes nothing away from the rest of their second album, hey maybe you will find a little gem of your own, don’t have too much fun!