Austin Lucas (from the album Immortal Americans available on Cornelius Chapel Records)
Austin Lucas is keeping good company. For Immortal Americans, the singer/songwriter teamed with Centro-matic’s Will Johnson on production duties and Steve Albini in the engineering and mixing role. Immortal Americans is the result; a straight-ahead narrative of small-town life and stories that champion the outsider. Austin Lucas is a modern folkie with musical roots in skater punk rock punk-shows, owing as much to Black Flag as he does to John Prine. He is a romantic storyteller, keen on nostalgia and hellbent on details, capable of putting you right into the narrative beat of a Saturday night in town, his characters daring locals wanting to escape.
The title track is dark, the pedal steel used like a tool for ambience and delivered as a eulogy, the immortal American a friend who has passed, his time remembered in the lines ‘we were never fans of stock car races. Though mesmerized by the roaring of those cars; out in the dark the sound echoes off our skin as we took to rooftop with those engines on the wind’. A hearty contribution heard on numerous cuts comes from vocalist Chloe Manor. Her voice is faint and delicate yet fitting behind the vocals of Austin Lucas, harmonizing like she was born to be there. Austin Lucas nods to the county of his up-bringing on “Monroe County Nights”, the story stuck in a forever reality yet made hopeful and beautiful via Chloe Manor’s hushed vocals. Immortal Americans is an album of dark beauty; the working-class vibe and at times deadpan delivery is a welcome addition. Austin Lucas comfortably fits into a growing list of rough around the edges songwriters backing their stories with quiet melody as they deliver a beautiful dose of reality. (by Bryant Liggett)
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