where'd they find this band with all their colored matching suits?
and I'll even clap for them, but just for you
Nye's "Brother Dave" follows up 'PAMP' and is just another one of these songs that borders on totally beautiful and painfully sad, which I guess in its own right is a sense of beauty. I love music that just makes me feel and want to close my eyes and listen. The slow churn of the acoustic and patter of each note of the banjo being plucked move the steady burn along through the misguided troubles of the character in the narrative.
The songwriting, performances, and delivery of the content is impeccable. This is American f*cking music right here...not that "bedazzled country, sing about the flag to make a buck" garbage...but real, genuine red dirt roots music that makes this genre so damn good. Every single song is a standout. The harmonies on this record tread gently on the line between "endearing beauty" and "authentic worn, grit". Every once in a while a duo is formed where two musicians just "get" each other on a creative level and fit perfectly sonically, these guys found that groove in their collaborative efforts. I think my favorite part is the really laid back feel of the recordings. They sound great, but some of those "in studio" clips are left in there for good measure; its real, engaging, and charming. Something that cannot be faked or produced, this recording is just a raw and organic event that happened and I am damn glad it did.
What this record has is plain and simple. Really well written songs, honest and hard-worn lyrics, and
voices weathered in a way that really makes you listen deep and believe the conviction of these guys. I just really love music like this and that's pretty much the best compliment I can pay a musician. "Big Empty" is an Americana genre masterpiece.
Check out the Coloradas online at: http://thecoloradas.com/
And be sure to check out their big CD release with Boston local rockers Girls, Guns and Glory on October 25th at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. That's sure to be an excellent show!