If you’re looking for a real fine way to spend about 21 minutes and 8 seconds, may I suggest this incredible EP from Denver’s Bare Bones.
The band consists of Blake Brown on guitar/vocals, Frieda Stalheim on violin, James Yardley on bass, Jordan Wyatt on guitar/lap steel, and Ben Desoto on drums.
This is music that draws on such great bands of the past. I was immediately reminded of the late 60’s classic progressive rock band, It’s a Beautiful Day. I know they must have been turned on to them at some point in time. Or more recently, Cowboy Junkies come to mind, but one thing is for sure - This is a band that may have been influenced by other great bands but from that, they have developed their very own solid, eclectic sound.
You could say it’s alt-country or Americana, but I believe it’s much more than that. It’s a sound that I have written about before. It’s a sound that would seem to be emerging out of rich dark fertile soil, engulfing the listener in rich, textured, organically grown sound. Sound that penetrates the inner-ear, planting itself firmly into the creative right side of the brain.
It’s a sound that inspires, creating chills or goose bumps up and down the listener’s spine. It penetrates every pore, causing nearly orgasmic gyrations to emerge from within. It wouldn’t be considered dancing by most, appearing to be spasmodic reactions to a strange and wonderful new sound, but to those in the know, it is a dance. It’s a Bare Bones dance.
Ms. Stalheim’s violin enables the music to seemingly ooze texture, texture you can almost see with your ears, completely confusing the two senses. On a tune or two, Mr. Wyatt’s lap steel lays just underneath everything, creating an eerie atmosphere to this profoundly original music.
These are truly six of the best original tunes I have heard all year. I just cannot wait to for them to put together an entire album.
‘Rebel’ Rod says to definitely check out this delicious EP from Bare Bones. It is available at iTunes.