The Iveys: Days and Nights
Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins
For some reason, I never reviewed The Iveys’ first album. I have it, but I never immersed myself in the songs like I do when I know I have to write a review. In the rare moments when I leisurely listen to music, my iPod is always set to shuffle, and every time The Iveys played, I would have to stop what I was doing to check the display to answer “who is this?” Their harmonies are fantastic, their songwriting absolutely gorgeous, their overall sound captivating. So, I have eagerly anticipated this new album. I was not at all disappointed.
According to their press release, Days & Nights is symbolic to what they’ve gone through since their debut in 2009. Arlen, the only male in this sibling trio, had issues with his voice, requiring a nine month separation from the recording studio, but in that time, the writing processes continued. It wasn’t wasted time.
From the seven tracks, I can not pick a favorite. “Falling,” the first song, is more like flying. This isn’t a plummet. It might be a freefall, but it’s a gentle, gliding song about taking that leap of faith. I listen for the lyrics “There’s an emptiness/I’m tired of knowing/A chance/That keeps me hoping,” every time I hear this song. “Shadows” might be one of the easiest songs to sing along to, about someone whose “head games” are lodged so deeply that there is no escaping them, even in the recesses of your own mind where you might think that you are safe. “Keeping Me Strong,” the one song where the sisters voices take prominence and Arlen’s is in the back ground, might be the most personal regarding their recent trials. “When illusions fall from my eyes/You’re the only thing that is true.”
“Lady Made of Stone,” “In the Dark,” and “On This Night” are just as memorable and enjoyable. “Lady” is about remembering and realizing that there wasn’t anything you could do differently, “Dark” is about wanting freedom from all that traps you, even if it childhood memories, and “Night” seems to be about closure, about knowing for sure that it’s over. Their songwriting is as strong as their vocals; neither talent is better than the other: an accomplishment that is obvious through every song and such a rarity to everyone but them. Sometimes it’s a lyric that captures my attention, sometimes a background vocal that surprises me, sometimes a piano that makes me take pause and want to listen again.
Days & Nights is the type of music that I simply define as my comfort food. Without fail, it’s always good. They may have gone through some dark days, but the light still shines on their talent and spirit. So glad they’re back and already looking forward to the next one.
Please visit www.theiveysmusic.com for more information. Days & Nights will be available for purchase on February 21.