Spencer Davis did an obscure LP with Peter Jameson that contained several songs establishing a somewhat unusual folk vibe hard to pin down, and, every once in a while, someone comes along and nails it. That's what the Mason Bros. have done consistently throughout this release. There's a mellow haze pervading each track, a smoky and quietly billowing melancholy. The two weave their guitars together like a single organic unit, picked chords wrapping around each other's work, laying down a thick tapestry for unhurried mellifluous vocals to encant lyrics rich in metaphor and somnolence.
The mood is rarely broken, though the uprising in Hands on Fire dramatizes events unexpectedly in a sharp demarcation of sudden emotion (though the lead line a bit earlier is clumsy). Divide demonstrates a very high feel for duet vocal harmony, a short song leaving the listener wanting much more, while In the Canyon carries a cool repeating hook figure amid enticing lap steel. The blend of laidback country and dreamy folk here is a concoction hard to resist, perfect lullaby music in large part, the kind of tunes you want to hear late a night with a mug of mulled cider. As good as the guitar work is, and it's at times extremely entrancing, the vocals are the spotlight.
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