Doug Trasher’s “Six Lights” ventures into the nuanced realms of Americana Acoustic Folk with a touch of Alt Country, crafting a uniquely whimsical narrative centered around celestial wonders and amorous adventures. The vibe is chill and romantic, akin to the mellow tunefulness of Jack Johnson, with a blend of Sturgill Simpson’s raw country sound and the subtle ska-inflections reminiscent of Sublime, all weaving through a lyrical fabric imprinted with mysterious imagery of aliens and love under the celestial tapestry.
“Six Lights” paints a serene picture of romantic escapades under the stars in a border town of west New Mexico. The meteors and the myriad of colors flashing in the night sky from unidentified flying objects create a mystical atmosphere, inviting listeners into Trasher’s tranquil world, where belief is suspended and anchored in the visually surreal. The repeated refrain “I saw six lights in the night sky,” underscores a sense of wonder and amazement, while the touch of skepticism in the lyrics “Now I don’t know what I believe / But I believe in what I see,” beautifully navigates the fine line between disbelief and the willingness to embrace the unknown for the sake of love and experience.
Doug Trasher’s depiction of his ventures to contact extraterrestrial entities has a humorous and charming appeal, merging the unconventional thematic elements with familiar harmonic structures, delivering a sound that is deeply rooted yet refreshingly new. The atmosphere of “Six Lights” is layered with relaxed and happy moods, allowing the listeners to bask in the simplicity of love while contemplating the infinite possibilities of the universe. It’s a journey of gentle melodies and contemplative musings that places Doug Trasher among the notable artists like The Wood Brothers and Colter Wall, providing a distinctive sound that amalgamates the rustic and the romantic within the enchanting folds of acoustic folk.