Aw Come Aw Wry
Matthew Houck has the same broken, craggy Peter-Brady-at-puberty
voice as Okkervil River's Will Sheff, and some of the music is even
reminiscent of Okkervil's, but this Athens band takes things even
further from a twangy, rural-route standpoint. The tinkling piano
waltzes are infused with both old-fashioned brass and newfangled
electronics. Think of it as a trip-hopped bluegrass swing album
with more than its fair-share of Van Morrison-style dirges. Sure,
the dirges can get heavy at times (the barely moving, thick as molasses
"Dead Heat"), but when the harmonies are rich it can be
a slow glide into waltz heaven (the ethereal "South (Of America)".
Dark and surreal, Aw Come Aw Wry is the hip soundtrack to
your own funeral.
Posted July 23,
2005. Copyright © 2005 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
of it as a trip-hopped bluegrass swing album with more than
its fair-share of Van Morrison-style dirges."