Remedy Motel “We Are All Around Us”

Independent, 2023

Catchy and glorious album number five for Salt Lake City collective.

Remedy Motel have coined the phrase Porch Rock to describe their hook-laden music and it’s easy to see why. It is joyful and upbeat – perfect for listening on one’s porch – gazing out into the distance.

The band have released five albums now and are penned and performed by lifelong friends Mica Johnson, Mike DiGregorio and Nate Semerad. This new record was recorded mostly in a family cabin, high up in the snowy mountains above Salt Lake City, Utah – a home which presumably has a stupendous porch.

The new album opens with one of the strongest tracks of the year – title track ‘We Are All Around Us’ – which looks at the interconnectedness of all of us. It’s got all you’d need – a catchy tune that soars as it progresses; glorious harmonies and a welcome feeling of hope and optimism. There’s great guitar work and some choice piano tinkling. It’s a really strong opener.

It’s Your Time’ is an uplifting song about personal challenges and again combines lovely harmonies with excellent guitar and piano work.  The mood quietens on the lovely ‘Rearrange’, about the challenges of relationships, with additional vocals from the incredibly talented Liela Avila and the combined harmonies here are soothing and joyous – it’s another classy tune.

Harder And Harder’ is a foot-stomping rocker about how tough life can be – but as usual the feel is one of positivity and optimism. The harmonies soar again on ‘Somehow’ – a laidback reflective song with a philosophical slant that’s intriguing.

This is a really strong collection of great tunes, all written by Mica Johnson, from a truly accomplished outfit. They deserve to get a far wider recognition than they appear to have had to date. They should be proud of this catchy and glorious record. More please.

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Alan Peatfield

Couldn’t agree more, Peter. Fabulous opener and an excellent album.