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Pygmy Lush – Old Friends

- by Thomas

From the ashes of acts such as pg. 99, City Of Caterpillar and Malady comes Pygmy Lush. Whereas they were still kinda embracing their hardcore roots on their debut “Bitter River”, this time around they’ve really come into their own with the help of producer Kurt Ballou who tracked the album live in his GodCity Studio. The result is a dark and brooding motherfucker called “Old Friends”.

You can find these guys somewhere between folk and post-rock, probably doing something nasty that the daylight wouldn’t tolerate. Pull down the blinds, drink a bottle of whiskey, pop a couple of pills and you’re all set for “Old Friends”. Think My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver or Band Of Horses and you’re close. And a song like “In A Well” makes it clear that Elliot Smith is still very much alive in 2011.

“Old Friends” might not be the most lighthearted album you’ll hear this year and it may come with one of the ugliest album covers I’ve seen in a long time, but it offers just the right amount of consolation in dark moments. Or at the very least it lets you wallow in self-pity without looking down on you.
Score: 7.5 out of 10

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