The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 26 August 2015
If I had a car I would fill it up with twang instead of petrol and everyone would have a real nice time whenever I was trundling down the motorway. The Last Hurrah!! are with me, on this one, fueling their symphonic, full-to-the-brim Americana with a high dosage of guitar rings. That’s the kind of record this is: overwhelmingly pastoral, yearning for traditionalism and all about going back to the country.
For ‘Mudflowers’, HP Gunderson and Maesa Pullman have banded together and created a gorgeously produced folk pop record that harkens back to the olden-days scenes they love: it will appeal to fans of ‘Year of the Cat’ era Al Stewart, in all honesty -- the melodies from “The Weight of the Moon” are uncanny -- while ringing out to fans of radio country, the schmaltz-end of Cherry Ghost and early-period Neko Case. All this to say: there are so many melodies, cornily presented and done up by arrangements on guitars, strings, organs -- anything that you can fit in the back of a good truck.
With such a full body of sound, the twang can often be this record’s undoing: the insistence on it on heartbroken ballad “Those Memories” creates an beachy aesthetic against the song’s will, making it feel hella chill instead of incredibly dramatic. I’ll never say no to twang, but I’ll turn my back on a record if it starts parodying itself. Just bring me the twang on its own. On a plate.
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