Sunday, May 23, 2010

Day Nine - Kingsley Flood's Righteous Racket

There is a romantic sweep to Dust Windows, the 11 track debut from Boston-based Kingsley Flood, that skips on the rural references that color most americana releases. The disc is splashed with rousing fiddle, muted horns and galloping, ghostly guitar, but this is city music played with passion, mixing the un-harried lilt that recalls prime Jayhawks with the fist pumping charge of The Alarm. There is no pretense as Kingsley Flood whips up a righteous racket, taking on moral complacency ("Cul de Sac"), nature versus nature and original win ("Roll of The Dice") and especially on the hymn-like plea "Cathedral Walls" that recalls that stately grace of The Band circa Big Pink.

Kingsley Flood - Cul-de-Sac
Kingsley Flood - Cathedral Walls

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