The Highway / Press

“Earnest noodling, a steady beat and straightforward, no-frills vocals: Less is more, and that's exactly what we get with The Highway's Forest People. The local trio specializes in a modern psych rock that couples vintage rock sensibilities with skilled musicianship, leaving audiences with a palatable sound reminiscent of the classic rock standards we've come to accept as the definition of "good." The breakdown of "Set Me Free" stands out as a highlight on Forest People for its masterful build and soulful bassline, as does the meditative quality of the album's title track. Daniel Tortoledo's effortless baritone is a solid partner for the candid percussive work of Ted MacInnes and the steady guitar stylings of Ysaac Cohen. Every once in a while, you need to return to your roots, and the Highway make a compelling case for expanding upon the foundation of rock in their own way. ”

“The Highway’s “Set Me Free” does this musical thing where it sort of peeks around the corner to see if the coast is clear before coming out into the open. non-pants wearing friend that gets the most attention. One thing that makes this song stand out is its arrangement - The Highway is a full-featured band and they know not only how to fill up their own space, but how to stay out of each others’ way... While the chorus is the nucleus of this song’s clout, the keyboard adds the extra seasoning that gives it that extra push - just to make sure. It’s like they were already winning, but the keyboard taps in the empty-net goal with seconds to spare. The crowd goes wild - and they should.”

Boston Band Crush

“Psychedelic swirling lures, introducing Forest People with atmospheric effects, slide guitar and nebulous, distant vocals.  It builds softly before dropping dead into one crunchy, snarled-lip guitar lick.  The band kicks it aside with the verse, Daniel Tortoledo's vocals immediately in the high-register, the rhythm guitar jiving like 70's funk.  It's as hypnotizing an opener as this listener has encountered in a very long time.  But The Highway, much as the name suggests, isn't content to idle in one place.  "Frozen Sun" cruises away from a desert sunset and a troubled past; there's defeat in the lyrics, but it's accepted, calm, soothed by the breeze and the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day.  The title track reminds what a spell a well thought out chord progression and back-up vocals can weave - it's a stunning, down-tempo meditation. ”

Cullen Corley - The New England Deli Magazine

“I’ll confess that I’ve looked forward to this album ever since I first shared the stage with The Highway about three years ago.  Despite the years in between, the LP doesn’t disappoint.  This rock is pure and heartfelt; every unexpected chord means as much musically as do Tortoledo’s lyrics on brotherhood and strife, oneness and differences, despair and optimism. There are expanses of psychedelia that pull you down in the spirals on the backs of your eyelids before snarled-lip riff explosions that less demand than command attention.  There are subtle (and not-so-subtle) tempo and rhythm changes that guide you all over the rock map, and even, briefly, as far away as South America and France.  Most memorable for this listener, though, are the layered vocal melodies and deep chord progressions that, for all the psychedelic spinning and rock attitude, bring something a little less expected to the genre – heart, spirit, and even beauty.”

Cullen Corley - Band Over Boston