Tom and Hebron – Sails Are Up

Posted: March 2, 2014 in Indie Pop Music
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This blog is dedicated to spotlighting select songs of independent or small-label artists. These songs can often (but not always) be characterized as pop music, encompassing its many sub-genres. However, none of these songs can be classified as “Top 40” (or any sub-genre thereof) typically heard on American radio and television. Proving that good, quality pop music is available…you just have to be willing to search for it or know where to find it. This blog takes away all of the work and leads the reader/listener straight to the discovery and enjoyment. The ultimate goal, of course, is to bring these “unknown” artists to the attention of the general public and give them well-deserved attention.

Song in the Spotlight: “Sails Are Up” (Tom and Hebron, from Zoyugo (2014))

Genre:  Alternative Pop

Review:  While the focus of this review is on the song “Sails Are Up,” TuneTraveller is also going to step a little out of character and provide some advance insight into Zoyugo as a whole.  First and foremost, this is pop music that doesn’t readily fit into any of the usual categories.  Yes, it’s easily recognizable as pop music; however, it’s constructed in numerous surprising, exciting and unique ways.  Whether the band is channeling Difford & Tilbrook (“Man On Board”), Hall & Oates (“Who Are You (And What Have You Become)”), INXS (“Love Goes Up, Loves Goes Down”), Paul Simon (“Zoyugo”) or Mississippi Delta Blues, the influences are eclectic and wide-ranging.  But, taken as a whole, Zoyugo finds a groove and exhibits a cohesiveness not so easily found in today’s saccharine musical landscape.  “Sails Are Up” is a prime example of such wide-ranging influences…it’s oh-so-familiar, but you can’t quite place it.  Alternatively, perhaps the melody is so infectious you just think it’s familiar when, in fact, Tom and Hebron have styled a completely original song so good it leads you to believe you’ve heard it before.  Either way, it’s a great song and would make a fine addition to your musical library.  Start marking the days off of your calendar for the date when you can purchase your own copy of Zoyugo.  The wait will be excruciating, but well worth the effort.  [This review was written prior to the release of Zoyugo.]  Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

Artist Bio:  Brothers Tom and Hebron Chester are Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

Song available on: and  Following is a link to the full version of the song.

Artist Pedigree:  Tom and Hebron have been playing together since childhood and have always been a solo act.

Artist Releases:  Ridge Runner (2012) and Zoyugo (2014).

Artist Web Site:

Web Presence:,, and

Video:  None (however, the band has been releasing music lyric videos of select songs off of Zoyugo on YouTube so it’s probably only a matter of time before it releases a video for “Sails Are Up”).

Disclaimer: TuneTraveller makes no claim to ownership of any intellectual property reserved to the artist and/or record label. All links are provided solely as a convenience to the reader. Any mistakes in content are the sole responsibility of TuneTraveller.

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