Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time

Shovels & Rope, married couple Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, are it would seem the real deal and here on their kickstarter funded 3rd album prove that they have the chops to cut it with the best of them. If you have never heard them think a mix of swampy blues and alt-country, The Civil Wars meets Tom Waits via Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. A lot of the magic happens in the vocal play between their two voices, his gruff and low hers high and flighty, but also in the lyrics that sit over the simple but catchy compositions. ‘Evil’, fast becoming a favourite song of the year, is a good example ‘Every now and then I get evil, I’m ashamed in the shadow of a steeple, I’m a lunatic looking through a keyhole, I hit my kids but I don’t mean to, I’m a dead dog lying on the sidewalk, another victim of the mortgage bubble pop, waiting for the other shoe to drop’ it stomps its way over five minutes of pure dirty blues and it’s a belter. ‘After The Storm’ another highlight clocks in at over six minutes and shows that the band can do heartfelt ballads just as well as a memorable shanty. Across 13 tracks the band, both multi-instrumentalists, create a sound that while somewhat familiar feels all their own.


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