A dense, sad and strange neo-folk record from Eagle/Deer. Summer of Sepia is a collection of American folk music driven by Sara Charles solo banjo and guitar playing and delicate vocals. Her haunting mountain tales and multi-instrumentalism bring to mind Sufjan Stevens, and this vinyl LP is available on Blast First Petite.
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 February 2016It’s not often I like country-ish things these days (I had a 'phase' back in the early 2000's) but this snagged my ear as soon as it started playing in the office. It’s the solo project of Sara Charles from Massachusets who has apparently had this album ‘in the can’ for several years . Sara's there on the sleeve straddling a horse. So far, so mysterious but when you hear the music there’s just a chance that you might just flip. This is aching twilit psych soul with the kind of wobble in the voice that does something strange to a man like me. Opener ‘Liar’ is absolutely great, starting off with simple guitar and that voice but soon expanding to a glorious crescendo with a man (Caleb Groh) providing back up. So let’s try to compare…..Mazzy Star meets Sufjan Stevens meets Gillian Welch. I’m happy to throw all those comparisons straight in the waste paper basket on ‘Bones of the Sea’ though. This is great - like a Kate Bush who has been left out in the sun too long, Bennett screeches over a fantastic eerie three chord melody. The record sounds dusty, as if it has indeed been left in an old cabin for several years, there’s no getting away from making Joanna Newsom comparisons on ‘Den Dwellar’ where Bennet warbles “do your teeth get in the way of your smile like mine?” over morose strummed acoustic and hollering backing vox. Let me please be the first person to say Hugo Largo. And in case you are wondering Bennett can be quite normal too ‘The Sounds’ is relatively straightforward with nods to Edie Brickell in the vocals. It’s a fantastic record and a new and interesting take on weird country.
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