3AM Sunday @ Fortune Otto's
Shhh! Did you hear that? That was Boston's Willard Grant Conspiracy in wig-out mode....More on
A prime mover in the new acid-country coterie along with oddbods such as The Handsome Family and Lambchop, Willard Grant Conspiracy's modern prairie-folk ramblings convey weather-worn, grainy images of those salad days of youth. It makes you yearn for innocence lost, but doesn't force you into Hell's Depression along the way.
Robert Fisher's low-end vocal inflections are, in fact, pretty similar to Nick Cave's. Meanwhile, acoustic guitars, orchestral sweeps and all the trappings of trad country gently thrum alongside; with melancholia positively straining at the reins on songs like 'Morning Is The End Of The Day'. Their inclusion in the Hall Of Post-Country Fame is, indeed, guaranteed.
The final song, 'Chinese New Year (New York)' ends with the sound of distant fireworks. As a metaphor, it kinda says it all.
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