9/10 Mike Staff review, 14 February 2014
Here's an album from a familiar face and an unfamiliar one - Ben "Six Organs of Admittance" Chasny and Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards. It's full of lovely shuffly acoustic numbers with slightly mumbly vocals and a really warm, live feel to them. Clint wrote in a review of their 7" that it's "as if the two of them had rehearsed maybe one or two times and are sort of making it up as they go along", which is a nice description. The ramshackle aspect certainly adds to the charm rather than making it seem amateurish - think the first Woods tape or Neil Young or if Guided By Voices recorded a live acoustic album whilst trying not to wake up a baby sleeping in the next room.
They really are singing barely above a whisper for much of this, and the doubled up vocals give it a bit of a campfire singalong vibe, with very little accompaniment besides a gently picked acoustic guitar, often on its own but sometimes with a hi-gain but lo-volume electric and the odd smattering of mouth organ, cello and the like. There's very little of the nimble-fingered guitar twiddling you might expect from Chasny, this is all about keeping things simple, restrained and human-sounding, and they do a terrific job. Really lovely stuff.
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