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This, their third LP, was recorded early last year in the historic homestead of Ahiaruhe in the Wairarapa, yet it wouldn’t sound out of place at a late night roadhouse in the Pacific Northwest.
It’s a fine collection of laid back, spacious and gently charming tunes, with a healthy dose of lyrical darkness to offset the general good vibe.
The band is quietly brilliant; lapsteel, brass and strings provide texture, but at the heart of the record is Lamb’s indelible, soul-stirring vocal performance.
• Eb & Sparrow. Seeing Things. Deadbeat.
• ★★★★ (out of five)
Single download: Working
For those who like: Cat Power, Sharon Van Etten, Gillian Welch