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On this 7” two celebrated American songwriters, M.C. “Hiss Golden Messenger” Taylor and Joe “Elephant Micah” O’Connell, take on each other’s songs in a little neofolk love-in. On side A Taylor’s doing O’Connell’s ‘My Cousin’s King’ in soothing, gentle style, reminding me a little of the Weakerthans’ more confession ...

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 02 October 2012

On this 7” two celebrated American songwriters, M.C. “Hiss Golden Messenger” Taylor and Joe “Elephant Micah” O’Connell, take on each other’s songs in a little neofolk love-in. On side A Taylor’s doing O’Connell’s ‘My Cousin’s King’ in soothing, gentle style, reminding me a little of the Weakerthans’ more confessional moments with a slick Americana sheen and the occasional nod to Willie Nelson-style trad country.

On the flip O’Connell tackles Taylor’s ‘Balthazar’s Song’ as a stripped back and soulful Low-paced lament with plaintively strummed guitar, bare percussion and breathy flute touches which build into sobbing trilled drones towards the end. The vocals are super-soulful, reminding me of early ‘70s r’n’b with a touch of Marvin Gaye or Otis Redding despite the restrained delivery. It’s a really evocative, heavy-hearted rendition that’s sure to pique your interest if you’re a fan of the likes of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Smog or Songs: Ohia. Marvellous.


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