It should not be a surprise to anyone by now that I like pretty much anything that falls under the banner of "Americana". But every now and then an album (or in this case an EP) comes along and blows me away. Today that album is Burgundy by GraveRobbers.
I was well aware of this EP's release back in late March because more than one person suggested to me that I check it out. I did, I liked it. But did you ever go back and listen to something a second or even third time and it just keeps getting better and better with every listen? Yeah, I've listened to this three song EP for free on their Bandcamp page about two dozen times over the last 24 hours. True story. I've listened to it so much I feel like I should mail them some money. I'm going to give you the cliche right now that the only thing I don't like about this recording is that it just simply isn't long enough. Not by a long shot.
GraveRobbers, I believe, are from Mystic, CT. Their Facebook page claims their home to be "New England" which I'm willing to bet means they get more show offers in Providence, RI and Boston than they do CT. If that is the case (and I'm totally wagering a massive guess here) then shame on the entire CT music scene for not getting in on these guys. Their sound would certainly fit on multiple bills across the state as they access the same well of folk, country, blues, indie folk, alt-country, etc. that so many other bands (thankfully) draw from. But I have to be honest that these guys have one of the more "pure" country sounds I've heard from a band from around these parts. Truth be told "alt-country" is really just the music industry's way of seperating out traditional country bands from the pop rock crap they try to feed you as country these days. So whether you want to call this band country or alt-country or folk or indie folk, I don't think it really matters. They write powerful, emotional songs (the track "Rochester, NY" is one of the best songs I've heard in the last few years. Honestly, the type of song that imprints itself on your very soul.), and they fall somewhere on that pantheon of "Americana". Whatever you want to label it, it's truly awesome and worth listening to right now.