Good for Deep Elm
If you are a deep elm fan and enjoy the label then this will be refreshing for you. Its a older release from the steller catalog of Deep Elm, but its one of the most relaxed cds in the catalog. 'Palmtrees Sway', 'the pipebombs bursting in air', and 'minutes turn to miles' are all hearfelt and very strong tracks. I will all the songs would be longer, such as 'like trees in november' its such a good track but so short.
Overall, I love this cd, and if you are into the whole deep elm scene, you will take this for what its worth
And The Critics Say...
"I always have a soft spot for simple folk rock like this, but I was thoroughly impressed by Drive Til Morning and how much instrumentation is involved to make it far more complex than it lets on. Frontman Francis Garcia has very country-ish tinge to his vocals, and naturally the guitar complements his voice with a lot of acoustic twang. The real beauty of this record is the other dimensions added to the songs by the use of violins, viola, electronics and a touch of banjo. The first track, Palmtrees Sway, sounds like Yellowcard playing breathtakingly eloquent indie pop, if only Yellowcard had the much deeper and richer vocal talent of Garcia. Other songs like At the Center Of The Universe are something like the New Amsterdams with a touch of the Faint. So many dynamics seem to be taking place on this record, but the album itself is so simple to listen to. I loved it the first time I heard it. Drive Til Morning is perhaps the most intricate folk album ever created." - Punk International
"Drive Til Morning is an utterly wonderful record full of 4 AM songs; something you'd listen to while driving down a dark and lonely interstate or after getting home from a night of drinking. It's warm, intimate and touching. I like the fact that he's also included a few instrumental passages, because it's quite apparent that he's pretty good at not only writing good songs, but also writing great music. Indeed, if any writer is poised to out Rhett Miller this year, it's Francis Garcia. With Drive Til Morning, he has proven himself capable of writing really good, affecting songs. If this debut is any indication of things to come, then Garcia is a force that's only going to get better and better." - Mundane Sounds
"Drive Til Morning is hard to describe. It's very mellow but with a definite funky edge, with rad synthesizers and whatnot. The intriguing lyrics seem like little poems or journal entries. It's like he is thinking out loud, which is a really cool approach. Drive Til Morning is the most original record I have heard in months. Highly recommend, it's like a road trip captured in music." - Soundcheck
"Drive Til Morning is a personal, rootsy album that Francis Garcia has written and crafted that is unlike anything he has ever done before. If you want personal music then listen to this. Drive Til Morning's debut album starts out with Palmtrees Sway, which sounds like an orchestral piece with complex arrangements. The next track Orange And Tweed, the highlight of the album, is quite experimental with its computer generated sounds mixed with Garcia's pleasant voice. Drive Til Morning has managed quite an impressive debut album." - Music Emissions
"Drive Til Morning's self titled debut record sounds perfect, and songs like Palm Trees Sway and Bring The Single Digits On show a love for true and unconditional music. A lone guitar and some emotional words from the heart can show so much more pain and emotion. I think that overall this is an awesome indie record that will stick out on the Deep Elm roster as one of the finest." - True Punk
"Drive Til Morning seamlessly blends Hank Sr.-esque twang with raw indie four track sensibility, delicate electronic beats and roots-based accompaniment. A sound of old made modern, clean and slightly more country than your typical alt country, more traditional than any Dashboard fluff and far more depth than your typical chart topping country. The brainchild of Francis Garcia, this self titled debut was made possible with time and help from friends like Gameface's Jeff Caudill. It seems to make sense coming from a man who was born in Chicago, raised in Austin, and now residing in NYC. Drive Til Morning will easily build a devout following, and maybe you can be one of the lucky ones to say you heard it first." - Bettawreckonize