Thursday, August 08, 2013

Cold Country-Missing the Muse

Chicago-based musician Sean McConnell has been releasing albums under the Cold Country moniker for the past several months and has just dropped his first full-band EP, Missing the Muse, exclusively on BandCamp. He is currently on tour after working on a follow-up as an artist-in-residence at Hill House in East Jordan, Michigan. He will record his first Daytrotter session in September.  

Missing the Muse opens with the baroque/pastoral folk tune "What it Takes," McConnell's aching lead vocal accompanied by toy piano and harmonica. The title track floats on by with acoustic guitar and particularly strong vocal melodies (think The Beach Boys and The Byrds). "Carried Away With the Wind" recalls the classic duets that Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris cut, McConnell joined on lead vocals by Anna Holmquist. "My Bird of Paradise" opens (appropriately enough) with bird whistle and feathers out to become a colorful psych/folk highlight. EP closer "Her Light" takes its stylistic cues from a more contemporary range of indie/psych bands, recalling Olivia Tremor Control, Polyphonic Spree and Ariel Pink.


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