By Anna Schlotjes
Soulful Auckland three-piece, Suitcase’s self-titled debut album is packed, ready, and overflowing with all kinds of delicious ear candy. With its stripped back, acoustic sound and endearing lyrics, this heartfelt compilation is a tantilising treat. Although the overarching description is somewhat nostalgic, ‘Suitcase’ is definitely not a downer. With catchy riffs and a songwriting structure that lends itself to helping many tracks become Kiwi sing-along’s, this is entertaining, as well as thoughtful. Warwick Ogilvy on vocals/ guitar, Mark Michel (bass/vocals) and Justin James on guitar/keys and vocals have created a cohesive and distinguishable sound that stands out. Their music is honest, intelligently put together and an intriguing mix of old style county singer/songwriter and a modern day acoustic jam. Where this puts Suitcase on the genre spectrum, I do not know, but what I do know is that they are an enduring listen, the sort one could listen to over and over again in one’s car for a week and still not tire of.