Mapache – From Liberty Street

by Woody on March 23, 2020

Photo by Matt Correia

God damn. This album came at a perfect time. It is a breezy and sunny 40 minute indulgence in twang-folk that has the perfect amount of spice to make it stand out.

The duo of Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch combine wonderful melodies and harmonies throughout. As I described to my buddy in anctipication of SXSW; imagine The Milk Carton Kids after a nice warm mug of mushroom tea. You feel nice and tingly, but you’re never really going off the rails.

The album opens with Life On Fire, a gorgeous piece of SoCal folk. The song feels like it was recorded a couple of buddies in a living room while a fire roars behind them. Me Voy Pa’l Pueblo is their take on a Mexican bolero; sounds like it should be one of those Breaking Bad sequences when they shoot through 8 hours in 30 seconds. Read Between the Lines The album closes with a gorgeous unadorned pining twang track, Steal Away and Pray.

The fact that I did not see these guys in a backyard during SXSW while enjoying a Lone Star is a crying shame. That being said, this album has become a daily listen during this time.

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