We don’t mean to let things fall by the wayside but that’s precisely what happens when one is constantly bombarded with killer music. And we’re not complaining by any means just explaining that, despite our best efforts and constant reminders on our always full ‘to-do’ list, sometimes something we really wanna feature gets put off for far too long. Like the latest from Boston’s Jim Healey. And we’re genuinely sorry for that. Because you should definitely be checking this one out!
But I digress!
The singer/guitarist for Set Fire, Shatner, the upcoming Blood Lightning, and more recently unveiled a new EP filled with the kinds of guitar-driven ditties all baring that wistful Soul that Healey brings to each and ever project he’s a part of. “Flashes” revels in that sweet time period when Alice In Chains became something more than just another breakout Grunge band with the experimental Sap EP and sets a moody stage while wallowing in the murk, accented by twinkling piano licks and Nick Zampiello and Ethan Dussault’s rhythmic prowess on their respective drums and bass with howling guitars from Healey augmenting the sonic intent.
“Seasick” is built from programmed beats and organ flourishes that all make for a swampy samba if you will with Healey’s voice acting as a guide through the haze and then “The Road To Heaven” wraps things up all nice and tidy like with a more straightforward Hard Rawker that dabbles in that late Layne Staley-esque AIC/Mad Season funk (“God Am”, “I’m Above”, and “Frogs” come to mind) as Healey’s soulful pipes rise to the challenge with a lush vibrato ending the record with a statement that unequivocally solidifies Healey as one of the premiere performers today.