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If you give Fernando Torres 100 shots on goal he might eventually score one of them, similarly let Lefse put out a lot of records and one...might...just might be a winner...and by jove here it is! I am still a person who can be tempted toward a record by the look of its sleeve and when I first picked this off the pile just I knew I was going to like it - on the back is a picture of snow laden trees in sepia tone. Enough said.
The music is reverb drenched, ‘80s influenced, slightly gothy, slightly murky indie. Opening track ‘Young Blood’ sets the scene perfectly with plangent acoustic and electric guitars strumming away under a vocal that is one part early Band of Horses, one part Washed Out. It has a lovely slow wintry feel, the album drifts along in slow motion unveiling its secrets as it goes.
Leader Kyle J Reigle is obsessed by some woods near his apartment apparently and this album takes me right back to times I’ve spent in the more wintry parts of America, the eerie quiet of snow falling on birch trees, nature frozen in stasis once the winter sets in. It has a perfect laconic feel. The best comparison historically could be Galaxie 500 but to these ears it reminds me most of a laid back log cabin take on this year’s rather more sparkly Wild Nothing album. Superb stuff.
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