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Beautiful Scars is the third album by Canadian folk-project, Lee Harvey Osmond, that was released on April 7, 2015, under the label, Latent Recordings. Beautiful Scars follows 2009’s Quiet Evil and 2013 album, Folk Sinner. Frontman Tom Wilson bellows baritone vocals while on guitar, backed by, Aaron Goldstein on guitar and pedal steel, Cam Malcolm on bass guitar, Brent Titcomb contributes vocals and percussion and Ray Farrugia on drums.
Stylized as, LeE HARVeY OsMOND, the band’s name is a pseudonym for the persona of lead singer, Tom Wilson.
Lee Harvey Osmond embraces psychedelic sounds in a genre known as acid folk. Their music echoes the sound of Canadian great, Leonard Cohen, with Wilson’s raspy vocals, profound lyrics and laid-back rhythm.
Haunting, emotionally charged lyrics align with the bluesy feel of the album, elevated by jazzy horns, whimsical flute and pedal steel guitar that cries for old honkey-tonk. Exotic percussion of the vibraphone and beatnik drums sounds like you’re in the audience while Wilson growls through a spoken word performance.
With effervescence, Wilson’s 10 tracks are soul erupting—like an arrow straight to the heart. It is the beauty of Wilson’s emotional scars that translates to the richness of his words.
The jewel of Beautiful Scars is “Blue Moon Drive,” a funky lounge track that makes me feel like I’m the femme fatale in a James Bond movie. The music video is worth a watch, with retro-style cartoons of pin-up girls, whose sex appeal is very, Jessica Rabbit.
In the ballad, “How Does It Feel,” you can hear the sorrow in every strum, with penetrating lyrics of the chorus, “How does it feel, to be lying by yourself,” portrays the contemplative emotions of the album.
Nostalgic of the psychedelia of the ’60s and ’70s, with a sprinkle of badass slide guitar, this album is easy listening that slips you into a familiar groove.