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Sheerwater
The Dissolving Room
Flat Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Shearwater want to take you to the sun starved back roads of some foreign southern town you've never been to. The land is littered with endless train tracks, brown crisp fields, and rickety off-trail diners. Their stories of lost love and ragged depression are intoxicating and vivid, with a keen jones for old time literature.

Where Shearwater wants to take you, though, is perhaps no different of a place than where Will Oldham and his alias entourage (Palace, Bonnie 'Prince' Billie etc.) has gone before. Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg, the two headed master mind of Shearwater, don't necessarily scream originality, but they more than compensate at heart on sleeve aesthetics.

Folk music is a tough genre to approach from alien grounds; many always seem to fall right next to or on top of the last innovator. In regards to innovators (and perhaps Shearwater's greatest influence), Will Oldham is a freak- both in attitude and nature. Not allot of people can walk around with a high chin after singing about falling in love with one's sister. But, more importantly, Will Oldham is a story teller. He forms characters, odd situations (very, very odd), and cultivates it all into a sordid and beautiful valley that collects unease and grows it into a uniquely awkward and unmatched product, a great album. This is not to say that Shearwater don't join the movement in spades- they do. But they are joining a movement, and not necessarily creating one with The Dissolving Room.

The music of The Dissolving Room is sparse and delicate, the pianos creak, the chairs squeak, the hearts leak, and the pace is slow and humble. This an album for the night watchers, and the sleepless field worker hungry for his southern bell, the drunkard on the abandoned train station bench, and the oh so lonely.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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