The Siren’s Song
New West Records
They’re Canadian. They’re second cousins. They’ve played music together across the last decade as the formal duo Kacy & Clayton – ahead of that they grew up honing their craft and it’s a timeless country/folk/roots amalgam that here, on their fourth full-lengther is fleshed out further than just Kacy Anderson’s vocals and Clayton Linthicum’s guitar and voice. Mike Silverman is in on drums and Shuyler Jansen’s on bass so songs like White Butte Country have a country-bounce with just a bit of pop to them. Elsewhere it’s a throwback to The Stray Gators’ feel for A Certain Kind of Memory – still the centre-point, always, is Anderson’s voice.
The World Has Seven Wonders is part Stevie Nicks, part Jenny Lewis, the title song has something of the early-70s Joni Mitchell albums (you know when things were just starting to get really interesting) and the opening The Light of Day manages to mix picture-perfect pop with some great bluegrass country feels – Linthicum’s guitar lines are subtly scene-stealing; strong harmony and backing vocals from him too.
The duo has friended Wilco across tours – so Jeff Tweedy is on board here as producer, the album recoded in his Loft studio – it’s lovely, organic, warm. Just the perfect combination of winning performances and strong songs. I think of early 70s Neil Young (A Lifeboat) and some little glimpses of Sandy Denny/Fairport Convention too.
It’s a no-complaints deal. They’ve been better with each album – and this one is both a lovely new sound and a reminder/throwback – the sort of thing you can convince your friends is some odd new reissue of some weird old wonder.
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