Recording under the name Slight Birching, Vancouver-based songwriter Sean Travis Ramsay fuses Morricone atmospheres, lo-fi rock and ruminative folk on the new track "Currency."
"Darkest Eyes," a new tack from the Defeated County, featuring Langen Neubacher and a host of St. Louis musicians -- including Irene Allen and Jenn Malzone on harmonies, Kevin Koehler on second rhythm guitar, Bryan Ranney on mandolin, Glenn Burleigh on pedal steel and Simon Chervitz on bass -- has an air of misty backwoods mystery that pulls you in as the song unfolds.
In the annals of folk archetypes, "Pretty Polly" is perhaps the most searing, mysterious and infamous song of all. The melody is inexhaustible, the story unforgettable. Vandaveer takes hold of that essence and wrings out the full, threatening power of this ageless murder ballad.