That river sound
So if you're a band from Charleston (W.Va.), is it impossible to describe your sound without using the word "Appalachian"? I ask, because that's about the last description I could have imagined when I listened to this album. And yet that is precisely the word that keeps popping up in the press clips. The band itself refers to its sound as "hill hop" or folk fusion. Which also doesn't match what I'm hearing.
There isn't anything particularly unique about the sound, but these folks sure do put it together nicely. The arrangements are tight, the playing is expressive and Litz is a wonderful singer. Is there much more to worry about? Not in my book.
I think I do understand the marketing conundrum. It's always better to be unique than good, and as a music critic I'm often guilty of veering toward the former rather than the latter. The Company Stores simply make good music--music that should please the ears of an awful lot of people. I guess that will have to be enough.
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