Land Of Plenty
Reviewed by: Lauren Rosier
The mix of incredibly talented local and regional musicians continues to amaze me and the neo-roots outfit, The Quixote Project, is no exception.
Centered by frontman Jeff Selby and surrounded by a revolving mix of talented musicians, the Philadelphia/New Jersey-based folk act is back with Land Of Plenty, the latest release since 2014’s Bone Shaker.
The record starts off with the first single, “Country Pie”, a breezy, beachy track that opens with some beautiful acoustic guitar. Selby sings about his journey as a musician “dancing in the fountain in Nashville, TN” and “rolled through the mountains of a Carolina jubilee.”
The band pulls elements of traditional Americana/folk genres to blur the lines between traditional and modern. Folk, country, rockabilly, even blues influences on “The Fire.”
On the title track, Selby and friends channel mainstream neo-roots artists like The Lumineers and Mumford + Sons while singing about growing food and being with his family. The track salutes traditional Americana and folk music while blending it with more modern tones.
The Quixote Project even brings in some reggae to mix it up a bit and make the listener go “Oh? Okay!” on the track “Santiago.” The track has a very breezy, Caribbean vibe that reminds me of warm weather, the Caribbean, some steel drums, and delicious jerk chicken.
Overall, Land Of Plenty mixes up many genres. I wouldn’t say it’s the most cohesive record, but the Quixote Project has a lot aspects of their music that will continue to take them to the next level.