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A Beautiful Fall Album

The second full length from Gifts or Creatures ups the ante for MIchigan-based husband and wife duo Brandon and Bethany Foote with a beautiful and fully realized production. The album is as complex and beautiful as a Michigan autumn and the perfect soundtrack for this time of year.

Gifts or Creatures knocks again!

Gifts or Creatures knocks again! The husband and wife duo, Brandon and Bethany Foote, weave lush folkscapes on their new album, Yesteryear Western Darkness, making you long to kick the dust off your tweed suitcase and embark on the new American roadtrip. Gifts or Creatures’s sophomore album evokes images of time well spent enjoying an Indian summer you wish would never end. Highlighted by tight harmonies the band pulls together Son Volt-esq pedal steel guitars and Gram Parsons’ song writing sensibilities to create a new and winning flavor in the Michigan music scene. The real heart of the group is Brandon’s vintage guitars paired with Bethany’s warm keyboards and their matching harmonies. Vast musicianship and gorgeous song writing combine for one of the most enjoyable records of the year.
Yesteryear Western Darkness has a warm vintage sound that welcomes you like a homemade quilt on a cold morning at the cabin, complete with good book and coffee. The songs Blind Pigs and Relicts & Ghosts are standouts, but the entire album is a absolute joy. Like Brandon and Bethany Foote presciently sing in the opener Woodrow “westerly, eastern bound, this machine will knock you down”. You’ve certainly knocked me down. Do it again!

This is a gorgeous record.

After enjoying the heck out of their previous record 'Pilot House', Yesteryear Western Darkness was on my highly anticipated list this fall. The band has taken their craftsmanship of song, lush sonics and beautiful melodies to the next level. The album flows incredibly well from start to finish with highlights on every cut. The sounds created by their mastery of vintage instrumentation and fantastic vocal harmonies make me listen again and again.


Formed: 2010 in Lansing, MI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '10s

Gifts or Creatures is the musical project of husband-and-wife duo Brandon and Bethany Foote. Based in Lansing, Michigan, the couple began writing songs together in 2009, eventually issuing their debut LP Pilot House in 2010 via the Michigan arts collective label Earthworks. Their evocative music blends folk, pop, and Americana elements with a deep historical bent that is at times both hauntingly dark and wistfully poetic. The interplay between Brandon's warm, electric guitar and Bethany's Wurlitzer...
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