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October 4, 2005

{     Lewis & Clarke - Bare Bones and Branches     }    

godbarebones225577.jpgWithout being consciously aware of it, Summer got away from me. It melted quickly, as though the past four months were no longer than a week or two. I somehow missed the domestic release of this gem of an album back in June, but really that's okay. I can't imagine enjoying it more than I do right now, as the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fade. Bare Bones and Branches just might be the perfect album for autumn; combining rich acoustic picking with subdued yet melodic vocals, the barely-there notes of a Hammond B-3 or Rhodes piano, and some sweet sweet lap-steel. It's got a very dusky (almost melancholy) vibe that's the essence of Fall. There's some genius production at work here as well, certain tracks carry an incredible lushness and fullness while others convey whispered restraint. This is the sound of leaves falling, the sight of rolling hills revealed through a lattice-work of barren branches, the scent of woodsmoke, moss on the northern side of a nearly-naked tree. Autumnal associations aside, this is a sincerely brilliant piece of work. Mastermind Lou Rogai has brought together friends and acquaintances (including members of Coyote and An Albatross) to forge something unique, equal parts alt-country and chamber-folk, sophisticated yet rustic. "Bloody Coat" embodies this; with it's wildfire rhythm and whip-smart lyrics it's mournful enough to be sincere without losing any of it's toe-tappin' catchiness. Honestly, it's one of the best songs of the year, and the rest of the album is no slouch either. You can preview a track or three at the band's website below, or order the album in it's entirety.

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