Friday, March 30, 2012

36 Songs, 36 Days (2012 Edition), Day Eight: Stay Loose by 100 Mile House

This is a band I've never heard of; I got this track as part of a rather massive album released this past Canada Day commemorating Gordon Lightfoot. They're a trio--a husband and wife plus instrumentalist hailing from Edmundton, Alberta and...well, they're really good.

Now it goes without saying that this is a cover--but maybe because it is a cover of a song I'm not familiar with, I can judge the band on its own merits and not as a cover. While their folkiness is undeniable, the first thought I had upon hearing the early strains of the song was how much this sounded like early Talking Heads. There's a sparseness to the guitar that is reminiscent of those first few albums...and then the darkness comes with Peter Stone's voice, lightly accented but deep as a newly dug grave. And the true marvel is how well that nightmarish deep bass blends with his wife Denise McKay, who comes off as the ghost to Stone's demon, adding grace to the despair in her husband's voice.

You can sample more of this bands work on their website . You can also find Turning Back The Pages Of My Sweet Shattered Dreams, the compilation this song comes from here.

No video for this song, but here's a video for a song from the band....

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