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Album Review

Eastmountainsouth's debut album is a simple effort, but just because it's simple doesn't mean it lacks substance. Kat Maslich and Peter Adams have crafted a sweet set of songs for a springlike blend of classic folk and country. They carefully work with the basics when it comes to presentation; however, Maslich and Adams' talent lies in songwriting. Maslich and Adams pull from cherished literature, American culture, and family moments to compose their songbook. Each song arrives on its own thanks to the album's organic and earthy tones, while waves of passion are heavy without attack. Themes of love and heartbreak resonate throughout without being assuming, and if an artist is able to pull that off some 50 years after the dawn of rock & roll, it's pretty impressive. Eastmountainsouth does it and does it well. Stephen Foster's staple "Hard Times" is reworked for a bittersweet occasion, while banjos possess a darker mood on "Winter" and "The Ballad of Young Alban and Amandy." Breathy acoustic riffs carry the album as a whole, but Maslich and Adams also experiment with drum machines and electronics. "So You Are to Me" and "Rain Come Down" have lamb-like melodies and are much more full with Eastmountainsouth's informal work behind the sound board. One can only imagine that the country-rock duo will continue to work without conventional expectations for its second album. In the meantime, Eastmountainsouth is a great introduction to the band and solid enough to last until then.

Customer Reviews

Can't stop playing Eastmountainsouth

I watched the movie Lucky Seven and heard one of Eastmountainsouths songs in it and I couldn't get it out of my head so I bought the CD and now even when I'm not listening to it I'm singing it in my head. Kat's voice is like Allison Krouss and Jennifer Knapp combined. It's rare and delightful.

Soft and Mellow

I really enjoy Eastmountainsouth. Their music is soft and mellow, with beautiful harmonies. It's hard to compare them to any other artist because their sound is so unique. You can get a decent taste of it by listening to the free clips. And for only $6.99 for the entire album, I'd say go for it. I love to listen to them while reading, or on rainy days. Can't wait for the next album!

absolutely lovely.

this album is amazing. everything is absolutely beautiful. i first heard hard times on elizabethtown, and fell in love. the rest of the cd was just as wonderful....


Formed: 1999 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Los Angeles duo Eastmountainsouth create a country-folk blend that's characteristic of the bandmates' Southern upbringings. Comprised of vocalists Kat Maslich and Peter Adams, Eastmountainsouth formed in 1999. Maslich, who was born and raised in Roanoke, VA (on Clinch Mountain, home to bluegrass hero Ralph Stanley), tried to find her place in music with short-lived stints in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Atlanta. She traveled back and forth to Los Angeles in search of clarity,...
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