Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Jerusalem - Preachers (2012)

Maybe a whole new brew of “cosmic American music,” incorporating strains that didn’t yet exist back when Gram Parsons was first coining the term. I hear the expected melodic folk and rootsy Americana in this soup, but they’re boiling in a mishmash with the smooth gloom of 80s goth and the noisy clamor of 90s alt.rock. That’s a gumbo I ain’t never even smelled before, let alone tasted. Their debut last year was similarly schizo, but nowhere near so clearly the work of a single artistic vision (possible kudos to the production of Spoon’s Jim Eno, but probably more to do with the simple math of time x distance), and that makes all the difference.

My Jerusalem on Amazon

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