Pin It

CD Reviews: Moorish Highway 

Trummors

click to enlarge cd_trummors.jpg

Anne Cunningham and David Lerner, AKA Saugerties duo Trummors, open their sophomore CD Moorish Highway with "Vigil," a hymn-like plea featuring the persistent drone of a harmonium, conjuring old-time churches, '70s English folk, and/or a hive of friendly bees. That harmonium, wielded by Cunningham, recurs frequently throughout this refreshingly brief, 34-minute-long album. An antique precursor to the electric organ, that rarely heard, hand-pumped keyboard provides the Trummors universe with a particular rootsy gravitas. Lerner's guitar, ranging from Nick Drake-y fingerstyle acoustic to George Harrison-esque 12-string, frames the songs, while atop it all flows the pair's intimate, often close-harmonized vocals, recalling Simon & Garfunkel here, the Carter Family there.

Cunningham and Lerner weave all of the above into fare that, while hewing to classicism, nevertheless sounds bracingly original, thanks in large part to tantalizing, oblique lyrics and inspired arrangements. Impressive guests flesh out select tracks; drummer Otto Hauser (Vetiver) and bassist Jason Preston bring the Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac groove to "Bogus Bruce" and "Moorish Highway"; electric guitarist Kevin Barker adds shimmer to a spare cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain"; pedal steel ace Marc Orleans imbues "Branches Divide" and "Autumn Gold" with real country soul. Standout, radio-ready tunes include irresistible "Please Please Me" homage "Stranger From Now On," and pop confection "Always Seems To Rain." Both are well under three minutes, but, like the rest of this collection, they'll stay in your head for much longer than that. Ernestjenning.com.

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Making the Cut: Decora

    A more serious and committed Hudson Valley musical figure than Decora does not come to mind. Everything the 32-year-old does and says comes with a breathtaking level of locked-down, unwaveringly intense focus.
    • Nov 1, 2015
  • The Way Home: Yungchen Lhamo

    Peter Aaron writes about the Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo.
    • Feb 1, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Regal Bag Winter Family Fun @ Regal Bag

Regal Bag Winter Family Fun

Sat., Dec. 3, 12-4 p.m. — Please come join us @ the Regal Bag Studios building down on...
First Saturday Reception @ Arts Society of Kingston (ASK)

First Saturday Reception

First Saturday of every month, 5-8 p.m. — ASK's openings are elegant affairs with wine, hors d'oeuvres and art enthusiasts....

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Robert Burke Warren

Hudson Valley Tweets