FAME Review: The Vespers - The Fourth Wall
The Vespers - The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall

The Vespers

Black Suit Records

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Two sisters, Callie and Phoebe Cryar, provide the dazzling and ethereal vocals; two brothers, Bruno and Taylor Jones, round out the sound. This is not an exclusive arrangement, the ladies are quite good musicians, and the gentlemen do add some very deft vocal touches, this is a band and the songs are credited to the band, and, when it comes to instrumentation, the liner just tells you that on certain tracks particular instruments are played by other individuals rather than one of the band members. The band came into being around a chance campfire jam, the girls providing the type of soaring harmonies that only siblings can produce and the boys were rooted in their gritty southern music.

All the songs on the disc are from members of the band in various combinations (though Phoebe Cryar is by far the most prolific songwriter) except for Grinnin In Your Face, which was written by the purveyor of the Blues, Son House. These kids, the oldest is Taylor at 22, and they were all exposed to a wide variety of music. Since who plays which instrument is not on these notes all I was able to get out of the publicist was that they all play a plethora of instruments and they take turns singing. If that is a deterrent to your listening pleasure you lose; this disc has some of the best harmony vocals you are going to hear. It is the type of harmony that is found only in siblings that grew up singing together in a musical family. Breath-taking is one of the words to describe the beauty of their vocals, give a listen to Close My Eyes, the voices intermingle and the instrumentation allows plenty of room and yet provides a powerful punch when given the space.

Track List:

  • Better Now
  • Flower Flower
  • Instrument for You
  • Close My Eyes
  • Got No Friends
  • Lawdy
  • Jolly Robber
  • Grinnin' In Your Face
  • Footprints In the Snow
  • Daughter
  • Will You Love Me
  • Winter

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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