Barn Burning


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Six-piece alt-roots collective Barn Burning hails from Providence, RI, but the group will probably call to mind the more folk-rocking side of '80s Athens, GA. In feel, Weatheredbound also stirs up comparisons to such unconventional '90s alt-country collectives as Lullaby for the Working Class, Songs: Ohia, and the Willard Grant Conspiracy. In fact, the latter group's Robert Fisher produced the album. Weatheredbound has an easy-rolling pastoral feel, with the downtrodden sentiments underpinned by rustic accents -- mandolin, banjo, violin, dobro, and lap steel -- and likable, lazy grooves. This is not a listless album, though, and the group can saw itself up into a stirringly aggressive cacophony at times, particularly in "Streetlight." Barn Burning also doesn't shy away from the occasional rocker: "Windshield" finds itself at a compelling crossroads between Crazy Horse and early R.E.M. In turn, the alt-countryish "Not Falling" is just downright pretty with its bruised harmonies and bright mandolin. This is a promising debut that nicely blends dour rusticisms, rootsy string work, and alt-rock grooves.

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