In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw
Reviewed by: Lauren Rosier
Philadelphia was just named the number one music city in North America by Vivid Seats. It is also home to some of the best bands and solo musicians in the industry today. Hezekiah Jones is one of those bands.
Raphael Cutrufello is the mastermind behind Hezekiah Jones and has led the six-piece band in becoming a music staple in Philadelphia. The solid six-piece band has released eight previous recordings prior to the new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw. It’s full of the beautifully crafted guitar work, folksy, and acoustic tunes that you’re used to from Hezekiah Jones.
The story of Oosi Lockjaw begins with meeting the Khomeini in the opening track “The Dark Heart’s Out” with a gorgeous string arrangement. Cutrufello’s voice is so perfect — a great storyteller, smooth, and welcoming.
The second track “Go Cat Go” opens with an amazing guitar melody and is reminiscent of folk greats like Cat Stevens. Cutrufello has a way of bringing together different genres of music — folk, acoustic, singer/songwriter, country, bluegrass, etc — and blending it into something that says Hezekiah Jones.
“Spare The Wicked” has an incredible melody and string arrangement and is just fitting for a crisp, autumn afternoon.
In Loving Memory of Oosi Lockjaw is for fans of Sufjan Stevens, Good Old War, and Joseph Arthur among others. It’s the perfect album for a chill autumn evening, relaxing at a coffee shop, or spending a quiet night with friends.