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3.5 stars out of 5
by Charlie Anderson
Denver native Josh Dillard returns here to the scene with his first release since 2013’s The Bright Light of Shipwreck. His sound remains authentic, keeping true to the sense of unhurried thoughtfulness defined in his earlier efforts. The four-song EP is serene, at times solemn (“I’d Rather Die With My Boots On Me”), at others simply tranquil (“Old Ojai”). Dillard’s humble voice accompanied by pedal steel interweavings create a picture of solitude, reflection and open country (Let’s take a drive […] set that city life aside), calling to mind such influences as early Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Funded by Colorado Creative Industries and The National Endowment for the Arts, Through the Eye of Time is worth a listen, allowing one to withdraw into a brief, Western-tinged meditation. With the EP release only weeks ago, look for Josh Dillard and a few support shows along the Front Range.