Although High Dive features Ryan Woods of Defiance, Ohio, it sounds more like Nana Grizol, with jangly guitars and pop orchestra ballads. Lead singer Toby Foster calls to mind Matt Tobey and Paul Baribeau—the type of plaintive singing that’s instantly disarming. He belts deeply personal and relatable lyrics: “I’ve found that the best words to say are the ones where you don’t say anything.” Ginger Alford, of Good Luck, contributes backup vocals and sings lead on “Coffee and Ice Water” and “Untouched.” She has one of my favorite voices—period. No song immediately grabbed me at first, but New Teeth sinks in slowly. After repeated listens, the lyrics began to tangle me up with their sincerity. The melodies, the keys, the harmonies all started to shimmer. It’s a record that wants to keep you company.
–Sean Arenas (Salinas, salinasrecords.com)