Big Rocks by hihosilveroh published on 2012/06/09 06:14:24 +0000 Big Rocks is the second full-length album from Los Angeles-based band, Hi Ho Silver Oh. The band, songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Casey Trela and rhythm section Jon Mackey and Kevin Manwarren, fleshes out the bedroom acoustics of their earlier recordings and hones their sound with a propulsive ruggedness. Over the course of Big Rocks, the band ebbs and flows with an uncanny fluidity from the caterwauling feedback of "High Tide I," to the shimmering pop of "Trees." From the anthemic bombast of "My Confessor" and sparkly gore of "Showers Without Warning" to the harrowing intimacy of "Belly Line." Casey Trela's lyrics have never been so potent as they are on Big Rocks. Like a candid conversation with an old friend, Trela's words occupy an eerie space that manages to be both extremely personal and unexpectedly cosmic in the same breath. Even at the album's most mournful and introspective moments, the songs glimmer with a comforting playfulness, always anchored by the sheer power Trela wields as a vocal performer. Big Rocks is a substantial offering; an instant reward that demands repeat spins.