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It would be easy to lump Roll Acosta in with other major talent from the Tucson region, but front man and vocalist Jacob Acosta’s vision for the band goes far beyond the city limit posts. Jake’s original idea for Roll Acosta was to keep it a solo project. After releasing three self-produced albums, Acosta searched Southern Arizona to employ the help of fellow area musicians, mandolin player and violinist Kevin Frederick and drummer André Gressieux, to flesh out the songs from their most basic form into a refreshing, orchestral sound.
With the new artist additions and deeper arrangements, the new sound reaches beyond raw talents, and rises into chart-topping, big label territory. Acosta’s Robert-Smith-meets-Andrew-Bird vocals become a canvas to Frederick’s soaring voice on the strings, and Gressieux’s driving pulse. The result is a grand endeavor that even Roll Acosta may not have foreseen while behind the studio glass walls at Wavelab Studio with Craig Schumacher.
The Dawn EP kicks off with “Beating On the Door,” where Acosta’s self-deprecating lyrics dance with Frederick’s playful strings and Gressieux’s solid groove. “Whirlwinds” is an ambient piece that alludes to divine intervention. Title track “The Dawn” is exemplary of Acosta’s songwriting. Simple in its goal, “The Dawn” strikes with genuine heart. The ballad “Not Alone” wraps up the four-song disc, where Acosta stands alone in the spaces, reaching out to a lost friend. Frederick’s solo punctuates the final lament, an ode to the ones we’ve lost.
A new recording is slated for early 2011.