8/10 Brian Staff review, 09 December 2010
These guys are doing something a little unusual. They're an NY based outfit who blend folksy art-rock, gospel, Americana & and an abstracted form of psychedelic blues into something that sounds much more appealing than what I just said. The lady singer is the main draw here. Somewhere between the Karens Dalton & Carpenter with maybe a bit of Grace Slick & Joni Mitchell. A powerful, bluesy voice full of rich, striking tones and remarkable Earth mother vibes. The music is a really potent unpredictable brew as well. Impossible to categorise & therefore pretty compulsive listening. there's no contemporary band out there straddling so many bases at once whilst having a definable stripped-back sound like this. I reckon if you like any of the singers I've listed and also dig experimental, windswept organic rock music with integrity you'll be pleasantly taken by this bunch. A pleasant surprise, even though it sounds like a lost mid 70s classic, it also has the essence of something satisfyingly new & fresh. The Wire cover ('Heartbeat') is pretty superb too! Unlike Howlin' Rain who I'm gonna have to stomach tonight. Wish me luck....
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