Album: The Whispertown 2000, Swim, (Acony Records)
Sunday 25 January 2009
At first, it's easy to see why the LA-based Whispertown 2000 have the distinction of being the first signings to Gillian Welch's Acony label.
This is old-time country-folk played with new wave vigour and optimism and 'Swim' has many moments that are impossible not to love. After a while, though, it's hard to shake off the feeling that here is a whole album of Moe Tucker/Meg White-esque cameos. Sample lyric: "When I'm 105/ Will the trees be alive" etc. Think Gillian for the 'Juno' generation.
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