[Album Review] Vic Horvath- West Coast Reign
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Release Date: September 15th, 2017
Label: Independent
Vic Horvath is a modern-day balladeer. They sing of love, and of loss, and of post-industrialism, all in an easy-going rootsy style, sometimes country, sometimes folk. Then there’s the magic. Throughout ‘West Coast Reign’ they somehow weave magic.

Other than the indescribable, Horvath’s magic lies mostly in their own endearing persona. Their vocal style is relaxed and highly approachable (and even quite intimate at times), while the production is equally approachable, with the rough edges left in. This is enough to charm you, but Horvath also does a little something in every track that adds to the magic. In the mournful, dark number “Don’t Go Lightly” it’s the amazing (self) harmonies as they sing, “And I don’t see any lines/I wonder sometimes/About this divide”. In “Black Magic Tradition” it’s time when the vocals suddenly go into a psychedelic spin in the midst of a swampy blues number. And in “Sow It In Spells” it’s the odd shuffling beat that adds some bop to an otherwise knee-slapping bluegrass tune.

There is a variety of styles that range from gosh-darn down-home country (“Pistol and Rye”) to gentle guitar folk (“Shiny Shotguns”), and from rollicking rockabilly (“Kiss Nice”) to gothic blues/folk (“Rats and Races”). But the genre variety isn’t even required (although it’s very welcome) because Horvath takes a fresh approach to each and every song regardless. And then don’t forget there’s that magic.