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Chicago rockers Sonny Falls find hope amid tales of despair 

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Sonny Falls

Remsi Atassi

On the 2016 self-released EP There’s No Magic Left in This World, local singer-guitarist Ryan Ensley (formerly of antifolk outfit Shiloh) showed his knack for melding spunky, unvarnished acoustic instrumentation with big rock ’n’ roll power. Ensley played nearly every instrument on the EP, and though it was engineered by onetime Oshwa member Michael Mac, it has the spunky energy of a home recording. That spirit has stayed intact as Ensley has transformed Sonny Falls into a proper band. On the group’s new debut full-length, Some Kind of Spectre (Sooper), they build on the foundation Ensley set, crafting rock ’n’ roll for open roads and making their passageways feel as big as the world. Ensley’s thoughts are grounded in reality; his lyrics navigate the complexities of drug abuse and the harm it can do to a community. On the single “Easy to Lose,” tension comes to a boil as Ensley details a violent confrontation between two friends. Though the album can get dark, Sonny Falls’s uplifting music chisels its way towards a brighter future, which, as Ensley has shown, you can reach with help from your friends.   v

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