Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers - "Songs In The Night" CD

Lovely and slightly freaky Americana folk vibes from Oklahoma, with Crain's unique vocals recalling kindred souls like Joanna Newsom or Bjork , but placed more within a straightforward songwriting foundation (and certainly not as 'flighty' as those comparisons might imply). Production by Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear) is sympathetic -- keeping a clear and honest vibe that allows all the instruments and Crain's almost-ghostly vocals to shine through. There are some strong songs here, to be certain. Take 'Scissor Tales', with it's almost Western shuffle and narrative construction. Crain is a skilled wordsmith, and her band never steals the limelight, adding color and subtlety in all the right places. 'Songs In The Night' is a perfectly fine album of mature tunes from a band who have a boatload of potential. I'm impressed. (Ramseur Records)

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