Eric Woodruff ditched his college degree in geology for a stab at music. Though he made an impact with the prismatic outer space of his band Delay, his latest project, Prosser, is an all-together different sound.
Rather than mining for consciousness-expansion, Prosser goes for a timeless feel that gets more absorbing with each listen. Writing and recording these songs himself in makeshift dwellings (with a little studio polish added later), his first solo effort is rich with instrumentation that’s played with supple ease. Layers and layers of vibrant sound are added, and yet each composition retains the homespun qualities in which it was born.
There’s a picker’s delight on “Everything I Do” that’s contrasted by the elegant acoustical lullaby, titled “Someday Soon.” A track like “I Met a Girl” achieves both flat-picking and a twangy resonance worthy of Chris Isaak. And then there’s the drowsy, ragged alt-country of “Summer Song 1" and “The Path to a Field with a View of the City,” both the aural version of a comfortable pair of worn-out jeans. Style aside, one trademark every Prosser song contains is a simple but memorable melody that fills many a space with its lonesome jangle.
Not bad for a guy trying his hand as a solo artist for the first time. Woodruff’s Prosser is evidence of genuine diversity and a love for music. He never would’ve been happy with a career in geology anyway.