Monday, February 19, 2007

Loomer - Songs of the Wild West Island

Canadian indie-rock/alt-country band Loomer released their sophomore album last fall. I've been listening to it in my car for a while and I've been quite taken by the way they combine the often disparate sub-genres of country music. Instead of focusing on cross-generic synthesis like some indie-roots bands (the proliferation of country/soul around these days, for example), Loomer creates an intra-generic synthesis of Americana, honky-tonk, Uncle Tupelo-style alt-country, and old time. Featuring sweet pedal steel, baritone guitar, banjo, and a combination of sweet harmonies and rough vocals, this album highlights the best sounds from these often separated strands of country music.

Listen:
Loomer - Endless Holiday
Loomer - Anastasia (Live BBC Session)

Buy:
From Miles of Music
From Amazon