And with tunes like this, that might not take very long.
Craig Helmreich’s bleak songwriting is augmented by a host of strings, lap steels, and dark electric pianos and organs. It’s not a new trick, but it’s not usually pulled off this effortlessly. There’s never a moment of try-hardedness. Instead, Craig and his band of un-merry makers weep and wail in one voice, bringing these unassuming singer-songwriter into a world-shifting sorrow.
Despite only seven proper tunes on this disc (plus an instrumental intro, plus a hidden track or two? Only seven are listed), the disc doesn’t feel incomplete. It hits with the power of a ten-song full length.