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The Early Mays (from the album Prettiest Blue available as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
Is the latest from The Early Mays Old-Time music or contemporary dark Gothic Folk? Both genres remain apt descriptors on their recent E.P. Prettiest Blue, as their soft and simple delivery, in the most beautiful way, falls somewhere between. A space where delicately plucked and strummed instrumentation supports sad and lonely harmonies.
That loneliness kicks off Prettiest Blue with “The Ballad of Johnny Fall”, the EP title coming from a line in the album opener. It is a sad weeper, the tale of a woman waiting for her man to ‘come stumbling home’ as the train sees to it that he never makes it back again.
“On a Dying Day” falls into the Folk world, “Shaking Down the Acorns” is an instrumental in a Celtic category while “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willows” is a high and lonesome Gospel cut.
The album closer begins with ambient banjo, “My Homes Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” a desolate nod to home, the stories emptiness growing as the tale is told. Prettiest Blue is about simplicity. The Early Mays use no flash, no stringed theatrics, no studio trickery, just straight-ahead melodies that strike with harmonies that haunt. Therein lies its beauty. (by Bryant Liggett)
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