3:33 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Americana is a big word that encompasses a bunch of different styles and a ton of different bands, all of whom craft their own version of what the term is supposed to mean. The few things that all Americana bands seem to share though is the ability to tell great stories and the ability to occasionally bring the listener back to proverbial simpler times. In both of these cases New Haven's The Proud Flesh are indelibly one of the best Americana acts around.
Home is the second full length album from The Proud Flesh and it's been a long time coming since 2010's Tiny Picture Frames. The wait was worth the while. The songwriting duo of Alexander Burnet and Patrick Dalton took the time to amass a veritable all-star line-up on this record featuring current and former members of about a dozen of New Haven's finest acts. Couple the powerhouse line-up with Burnet and Dalton's ability to write poignant and heart-felt folk songs and you get an album so sonically rich that it's no wonder it took three years in between full lengths. They were shooting for the stars on this one and have seemingly touched them all. Speaking of stars, yes, that's 60's icon Melanie Safka (or just Melanie if you will) doing guest vocals on the track "Before Too Long".
As mentioned earlier each song on this album seems to tell a story, some all too familiar to their listeners. Whether it's the toe-tapping ode to being a corporate cog in "Company Man" or their various tear-jerkers about everything from lost love to heroin, The Proud Flesh write emotive country-infused indie folk that even some of the grand masters of the genre would have a hard time matching in intensity and passion.
Fans of everybody from Gram Parsons to Iron & Wine to Alexi Murdoch should take a mosey over to The Proud Flesh bandcamp page for a listen and a purchase.
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