Friday, April 6, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE MASTERSONS - BIRDS FLY SOUTH
Written collectively and solo, the duo come up with those honest relationship tales that strike you immediately. There's lots of tension, lots of tenderness and lots of questioning, trying to figure out this big ol' love thing. Both are superb singers, she with a clear, spring-water purity, he with a twangy charm. The highs are the moments when the harmonies hit, whether one line in a verse, or joining together on the bridges and choruses.
Both are also solid string players, and provide all the acoustic and electric guitars, with Chris bringing in some nasty resonator, and Eleanor adding violin to many of the tunes. Musically, it leans further to the rock side of roots genre, with a firm bass and drums backing throughout, similar to The Jayhawks and such, although on the soaring, mellow title cut, the acoustics take the focus, and Whitmore sings to the heavens, taking us back to her Texas roots. It's great to know there's more excellent alt-country coming onto the scene, and even better to hear those two singing together, making harmonies to die for.