Those Darlins -‘Blur The Line’ (Oh Wow Dang)
This Nashville three-piece (or is it four, there seem to be four people in the pictures) specialise in blurring the lines between the sound most associated with their city with a southern take on garage punk. And a very fine record their third album is, too.
Opening track ‘Oh God’ starts off country, takes on Eastern influences and gradually gets more and more garage-y. It’s really quite some feat and has to be heard to be believed. It’s a really impressive start to the album.
Other fine tracks on the album, which I’m really enjoying are ‘That Man and ‘She Blows.’ In fact the first half of the album is stronger than the second, which doesn’t quite grab you as much as the first. But while your can point to aspects of the sound (Imagine Fleetwood Mac working together with Patti Smith as both of them sounded in the second half of the seventies with a fresh feel to proceedings) and where it has come to, there’s something quite invigorating about this band.
Lyrically not one to play in front of those more conservative types, though, perhaps…
Blur the Line is out on Oh Wow Dang on October 21.