Liam Corcoran ROM-DROM

Liam Corcoran ROM-DROM
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"Drom" is not an English word, but comparable words do exist in Swedish (dröm) and Danish (drøm), both translating roughly to "dream." ROM-DROM, the solo debut from Two Hours Traffic frontman and cofounder Liam Corcoran, could be a play on the phrase "rom-com" ("romantic comedy," or in this case, maybe "romantic dramedy") but "romantic dream" might be a more apt descriptor. The "mini-album" floats breezily through its seven songs, its softly strummed meditations on love and romance playing like inviting, hazy memories.
 
Two Hours Traffic, which called it quits in 2013, were pros at delivering sharp pop-rock earworms, but Corcoran's new material trades those for a leisurely alt-country sound: acoustic guitars, steel guitars, fiddles, organs. What the songs lack in variety or instant catchiness they make up for with an endearing sense of comfort, found in the piano patterns of "Let It Be Now" or the slow swagger of "Side Car Clyde." Record-closer "Catching the Stars" is one of the prettiest songs Corcoran has ever written, and emblematic of the record as a whole: quiet, wistful and charming. (Independent)