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Shakey Graves (from the album Movie of the Week available on Dualtone Music Group/MNRK Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Shakey Graves bucks any type of classification on his latest release, Movie of the Week. Some computer and phone-based music playing devices contain genre classification for its artists, with one of those well-known and globally utilized devices describing Movie of the Week as ‘unknown-genre’. An apt description indeed, especially if you compare this latest to an Americana past.
While Movie of the Week does indeed claim a Folk Rock identity, it has got just enough items from left-field that give the record wonderful, head-scratching feel. There’s an initial soundbite of channel surfing that introduces the record, giving way to “Limbo”, a cut that’s from the Psychedelic Lounge world.
That world continues through “Evergreen” and “Ready or Not,” the latter being an animated duet with Sierra Ferrell. “Big in the Word” comes with Graves hushed vocals, rising from whispered to urgent and dramatic. Synthesizer and sound snippets introduce the blip-heavy “Century City”, and Movie of the Week closes with the ultra-soft “Heartstopper”, a cut with quiet acoustic guitar and delicate vocals.
The aforementioned, wonderful head-scratchers is the electro vibe. Video game drops and old television audio add an odd element; those along with instrument fills give the record a touch of avant-garde, with Shakey Graves at the helm of futuristic Lounge Folk.
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