Streams Of Whiskey, Water & Words.
A deep well of whimsy, romanticism, the minutiae of life & love, & a sometimes violent reality create an authentic, endearing work. Laconic, soothing yet intense vocals, & jazzy picking are backed by soaring pedal steel, telling guitar, accordion, fiddle, & ullienn pipes. Hangin’ moodily leads into Sunken Glass & “the roaring forties, making mountains out of water” bring the ocean’s power into sharp focus. The seaman’s dilemma is a metaphor for the uncertainty of life. Musings on The Gate, “waiting on someone, hoping for anything,” reflections on regret on the title cut & a seductive stranger on Emily Gardiner’s Ghost, precede the sombre Southern Grey. Stale Bread is hellish glimpse at colonial ‘justice’. The convict, beaten but not broken burns with hate for his tormentors. Someday he will “burn out ya eyes, smash out ya teeth, ya dirty rotten dogs, ya mongrels.” The grace of The Easter Basket brings sweet relief. Tender, savage, lovely music.