The Snarlin’ Yarns :: It Never Ends


It Never Ends is de tweede plaat van The Snarlin’ Yarns uit Utah en die is even bijzonder als hun debuut. Tien eigen nummers, opgenomen in Mississippi, die hun wortels hebben in de bluegrass, maar in hun roekeloosheid ook een grote liefde voor Bob Dylan, Holy Modal Rounders, folk, punk en The Pogues verraden. Zo nu en dan verschijnt er gelukkig nog muziek waarvoor woorden tekortschieten; It Never Ends van The Snarlin’ Yarns is zo’n album waarvoor dat geldt. Fantastisch!

It Never Ends is their second record from Dial Back Sound, a magical old-school Mississippi studio whose walls are well played-in. The title is a line from their song Electric Prairie Rain, and nails that feeling when something that moves you, stays. The Snarlin’ Yarns are now, but old. They’ve learned their songs well, following not in the steps but spirit of Guthrie (Woodrow), Holy Modal Rounders, and Bad Livers. Joining the Alt-grass/country ranks of Truckstop Honeymoon and Freakwater and whatever’s next. Maybe Almost-bluegrass? Smith’s poems are inspired by the song, not about the song. They’re beyond the song. Yarns songs balance the ancient with tomorrow. Then and now: Their Pretty Pollyanna is a modern Pretty Polly. Ketamean Ma is Will the Circle Be Unbroken with the angel wings of a medevac helicopter. There and here: the blues of Die for a Drink alongside the surreal Mermaid or beautiful Electric Prairie Rain.

Pretty Pollyanna
Ketamean Ma
Rhubarb Fields
Electric Prairie Rain
Needle and Thread
The Big Letdown
Dry Cleaning
Die For a Drink
Garbage Night



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