13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin's acoustic-based music, driven by their stirring, falsetto vocal styles, is made with the help of various friends in the studio and on the road. The result evokes the indie folk-pop of bands like Woods and Cave Singers. While Port O'Brien's music has always been emotional and sometimes oddly claustrophobic (in a good way), Threadbare is even more wrenching, with beautifully composed, haunting tunes like “High Without the Hope 3,” “In the Meantime," and “(((Darkness Visible)))” conveying the heartache Goodwin wrestled with while making the record, just after her younger brother passed away. Her voice is trembly, sweet, and warm, and the sorrow isn't eased by any amount of emphatic acoustic guitars or galloping rhythms (“Leap Year” and “My Will Is Good” carry the punch of the most upbeat Sea Wolf songs). Pierszalowski’s more limber voice tugs the heartstrings with equal fervor, and the graceful strings and somber pianos are countered with buoyant tambourines, fingerpicked guitars, and swaggering tempos that call for the occasional melancholy two-step.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin's acoustic-based music, driven by their stirring, falsetto vocal styles, is made with the help of various friends in the studio and on the road. The result evokes the indie folk-pop of bands like Woods and Cave Singers. While Port O'Brien's music has always been emotional and sometimes oddly claustrophobic (in a good way), Threadbare is even more wrenching, with beautifully composed, haunting tunes like “High Without the Hope 3,” “In the Meantime," and “(((Darkness Visible)))” conveying the heartache Goodwin wrestled with while making the record, just after her younger brother passed away. Her voice is trembly, sweet, and warm, and the sorrow isn't eased by any amount of emphatic acoustic guitars or galloping rhythms (“Leap Year” and “My Will Is Good” carry the punch of the most upbeat Sea Wolf songs). Pierszalowski’s more limber voice tugs the heartstrings with equal fervor, and the graceful strings and somber pianos are countered with buoyant tambourines, fingerpicked guitars, and swaggering tempos that call for the occasional melancholy two-step.

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