‘The Great Squirrel Stampede’ by Flatland Harmony Experiment

April 15, 2014

Indianapolis roots trio Flatland Harmony Experimenthave independently released their latest album The Great Squirrel Stampede for 2014. Not only are the songs on the new album well composed and nicely executed, the lyrical content, which often focuses on engaging narratives, is what really draws the listener in and holds them there. And behind the lyrics and main voice, one finds a stream of quality pickers and strummers, marked here and there by impressive little vocal harmonies.

While Flatland Harmony Experiment isn’t exactly a traditional roots band, there are definitely elements of bluegrass, ragtime and Americana in their organic stew of sound. They simply tend to stir it up a good deal more than some of their contemporaries, rather than allowing it to overcook and become a tasteless aural sludge.

The standout songs on this release are the title track, “Eleanor,” “Gypsy Curse,” and “New Day.” Go to the band’s webpage and stream the songs to find out why.

The Great Squirrel Stampede by Flatland Harmony Experiment proves that this band – Scott Nelson on upright bass and vocals, Kris Potts on mandolin and vocals, and Johnny Plott on banjo and vocals – makes a fine addition to the current roots revival.