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Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws – Innerquake (2011)

October 16, 2011

Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws - Innerquake

Cause I was only a scholar, take me to my room / meet me by the river, teach me to be cruel

For those who have been following this blog a while, remember Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws’ debut album, Weather’s Coming? Well, three years later this French group is back for round two and sounding just as fresh as they did before. Killdeer’s sultry, intoxicating vocals are again the centerpiece; she still has an unusual mastery over the art of involving the listener in her tales of loss and regret. Singing with a frank longing, she puts to great use her years of experience with the Nouvelle Vague collective.

Innerquake isn’t a repeat effort, though. It shows the band exploring a fuller, more rock-oriented sound, while still holding firm to their bluesier roots (Nick Cave would be proud). There’s also some Floyd-like meandering going on in “Highway Birds”, which is an intriguing direction that I hope they develop further. Mainstream success may still be but a dream for Phoebe Killdeer, but it doesn’t sound like that’s slowing her down a bit, because she’s still one of the most exciting artists around. Stop sleeping on her!

  1. Pedigree
  2. Innerquake
  3. The Fade Out Line
  4. Scholar
  5. Treadmill Zone
  6. Spinning
  7. Highway Birds
  8. Twisted
  9. Believer
  10. Angel’s Breath
  11. Up & Down

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