I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a listening/reviewing slump for the past few days. This album has lifted my spirits substantially.
These guys burst out of nowhere (well, Adelaide, which is close enough) a few years back and delivered this sensational debut album. This is sensual, evocative and downright cool bluegrass country collection.
Lead songstress Taasha Coates holds a tune like few others and could probably make a phonebook sound sexy. The banjo, violin, brushed snare etc. underneath her vocals are super-mooth without ever being dull or monotonous.
Basically these guys nail a traditional sound in an exciting and well-polished way. They avoid cliche and, in fact, take this genre to some exciting places. They also manage a neat cover, of INXS’s Don’t Change.
As the opening gambit of Banjo and Violin exclaims:
“I’ve gone a bit country since I met you baby. I used to be so rock ‘n’ roll”.
Damn straight. I’m there with them…
File under: Bluegrass brilliance