Album Review: Stel Furet – human nature machine

Santa Cruz-based singer/songwriter Stel Furet recently released his debut ep, human nature machine. Meanwhile, the five-track concept offering certainly has a few hidden gems among the small collection. But is it worth a listen?

Stel Furet Debuts with human nature machine

It’s safe to say that you never know quite what you’re going to get when you hit play on a brand new record – especially when it’s a debut. Meanwhile, Stel Furet hooks listeners right from the jump with 33 and a Half. Typically, you don’t expect an album to open with a ballad. But, strangely enough, it works in this case.

For anyone that hasn’t heard Stel Furet, he toes the line between Tom Petty and Mark Lanegan – with a touch of Scott Weiland thrown in for good measure. 33 and a Half has a country twang to it, and Furet brings the track home with his deep, soothing vocal tones. Meanwhile, that trend continues on the follow-up track as well.

Stel Furet: human nature machine
Stel Furet: human nature machine – used with permission

Stel Furet Brings Slow Grooves & More

If one can imagine it, Just For Me is even slower in terms of tempo than the album opener. But that’s not at all a bad thing. The slow grooves and slick guitar licks set the tone. Meanwhile, Furet’s smooth, slow drawl vocal delivery is exactly what this track needs to reach that next level.

A few tracks into human nature machine, it’s certainly the kind of record you can put on when you want to unwind and escape the world – even for less than half an hour. Stylistically, Furet is certainly a callback to the 90s in the best possible way. And, not surprisingly, any fans of Screaming Trees, Tom Petty, Chris Isaak or Scott Weiland would feel right at home with this groove-laded, melody-driven record.

Stel Furet Delivers on human nature machine

Listening to human nature machine is like stepping back in time to the 90s in the best possible way. If listeners expect an uptempo, in-your-face track on this record, you won’t find it here. But, the beauty of Stel Furet’s artistry is you don’t need it. Even as a record with essentially ballads, there’s nothing lacking, as Furet fires on all cylinders in his relaxed, low-key way.

Even though Stel Furet doesn’t rely on a huge wall of sound to drive his message home, he doesn’t need to. In fact, this five-track offering on human nature machine hits just as hard even without plugged in amps and down-tuned guitars. And that, in and of itself, is the true genius of this record.

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