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Woodcat

Woodcat

Woodcat


The doom-folk dirt road that once terminated at Nick Cave's cul-de-sac is now a Southern gothic superhighway stretching from Stagger Lee to the kudzu-covered antebellum plantations of southern...Minneapolis. Here, local trio Woodcat ploughs a musical cottonfield sown with murder ballads and religious hellfire born from a hardscrabble life in Appalachia. Or Richfield. One of those. Produced by local Americana enthusiast Robert Skoro, "Woodcat" was apparently recorded inside a fishtank Read more on Last.fm
The doom-folk dirt road that once terminated at Nick Cave's cul-de-sac is now a Southern gothic superhighway stretching from Stagger Lee to the kudzu-covered antebellum plantations of southern...Minneapolis. Here, local trio Woodcat ploughs a musical cottonfield sown with murder ballads and religious hellfire born from a hardscrabble life in Appalachia. Or Richfield. One of those. Produced by local Americana enthusiast Robert Skoro, "Woodcat" was apparently recorded inside a fishtank, giving it the claustrophobic and harrowing atmosphere of dread endemic to the genre.

There are multiple modern day touchpoints for "Woodcat;" what sprang immediately to mind, though, was Christian gloomsters 16 Horsepower crossed with the Violent Femmes' second album "Hallowed Ground," minus the fun songs. The male vocals eerily ape Gordon Gano with shrieking female counterpoint somewhere at the intersection of Thalia Zedek (Live Skull, Come) and the banshee wails of Bjork. Only on "Ulu" does the conceit become overbearing; the remaining tunes offer surprising twists on familiar themes, including "Dangerous Minds," Dancin'" and opener "Jack (Call to Arms)." The intelligent arrangements contrast the backwoods kitsch with "Threepenny Opera"-ish accordion and viola. This is an accomplished and ambitious disc with ideas informed equally by the cabaret of Brecht/Weill and more contemporary chamber acts like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeen YBE! "Woodcat" stands a strong local release for 2006, and appropriate soundtrack to a screening of Robert Mitchum's "Night of the Hunter" or a roll in the sack with your sister. Read more on Last.fm.

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