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CD Review: Over and Around the Clove 

click to enlarge Trummors, Over and Around the Clove, 2012, Ernest Jennings Record Co.
  • Trummors, Over and Around the Clove, 2012, Ernest Jennings Record Co.

Ultimately, there may be no satisfactory explanation of the Brooklyn bucolic—why New York's hippest borough should become the delta of the new-old rural Americana. While mainstream country rock courts relevance with patriotic anthems and Pro-Tooled renewals of old country truths, Brooklyn's root farmers cultivate something like the opposite of relevance—a hermetic, defiantly otherworldly retro that smacks of abdication, a rejection of modern musical, technological, and cultural values. It is done with abundant style, of course, and with a variable ratio of earnestness to postmodern winking. Trummors, a mostly acoustic alt-roots duo formerly of Greenpoint and now of Saugerties, approaches the "new old" from a chamber-country angle: delicate, Zen-still, emotionally leveled (though not quite to that pharmaceutical Cowboy Junkies extent). The Anne Cunningham-sung songs chase the homely and eccentric essences of Carter Family country. The tracks sung by David Lerner (ex-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) begin with the acid country of Gram Parsons and explore from there, often out of folk and country's realm entirely. The title track achieves a hushed '60s shimmer-pop of the kind Belle & Sebastian routinely brews. Over and Around the Clove is an album of great sonic coherence, a singular, immersive trip. Ambience comes courtesy of close harmonies and a droning harmonium, filigreed fringes via a well-played pedal steel. Miracle-of-reverb tracks like "Ever Do I Wait" and "Salinas" almost approach the celestial Americana of Fleet Foxes.

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