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- / Ltd tribute/ covers LP on Drag City. Edition of 500 copies inc. Second Story Man, Plastic Bubble, Tender Mercy, Lydia Burrell etc.
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It's been 20 years since the now ubiquitous Will Oldham burst onto the world's consciousness with the Palace Brothers' debut 'There Is No One What Will Take Care Of You' amidst a notable creative boom in his native Louisville - the likes of Rodan, Slint and Rachel's and June of 44 were operating out of the city back in the glorious '90s, sending ripples of influence out around the globe that are still felt to this day. Fast forward 20 years and the derby city is a very different place, replete with ripping post-hardcore bands and head-scratching outsider weirdos. Now they've got Young Widows, Giving Up, Tropical Trash, Anwar Sadat and Wax Fang, to name but a handful, re-igniting that "indie hotspot" torch.
The latter band are among a dozen of Louisville acts contributing to this re-imagining of 'There Is No One...' a largely respectful and understated trip through those familiar songs by names including The Deloreans, Lydia Burrell, Black Birds of Paradise and Cheyenne Mize. Notably weird offerings include Lydia Burrell's awkwardly stumbling 'King Me', which starts out all weird brass blasts and group vocal drones and resolves in beautiful sweeping strings, plucked acoustic guitar and subtle digital tweaks before going back out into crunchy guitar drones and staccato melodies - it's a sprawling and meticulously arranged treatment. Brick Pitino's 'I Tried to Stay Healthy for You' is also interesting, a subtle synthpop take with a touch of The Postal Service to it.
Oldham himself even makes an appearance on closer 'O Paul', duetting with Natalie Bajandas and following a chunky grunge-rock cut from Second Story Man with gorgeous fingerpicked guitar and gently harmonised vocals, reminding us all how wonderful the source material for this album was to begin with. This is good. Listen if you like Louisville indie rock.
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