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The Deslondes, Hurry Home


By Jacob Brockway

Following up their critically acclaimed, 2014, self-titled debut, New Orleans based, the Deslondes, release Hurry Home (New West Records), an album that delivers a fresh take on Americana. They blend their influences with new ideas, producing a sound that is uniquely their own.

Hurry Home is an album of desert psychedelia that harkens the spirit of Beechwood Sparks. The Deslondes expand on that vibe, with their own spin, incorporating the distinct sound that they have established. Songs like “Muddy Water,” “She Better Be Lonely,” “Every Well,” “Ribbon Creeks Collide” and “Deja Vu And A Blue Moon,” create a laid back mood with atmospheric steel guitar and organ sounds, laying in the background. They keep it simple, playing only what needs to be there in order to achieve their artistic vision.

Two of the albums’ standouts, “One of These Lonesome Mornings” and “Hurricane Shakedown,” have rockabilly roots and vocals that resemble the Everly Brothers, accompanied by tasteful western swing steel guitar and an organ that reminds one of the Sir Douglas Quintet. The title track “Hurry Home,” reminds the listener of the Band album, Big Pink, with its simplistic production, soulful singing and swelling organ, making it the perfect cornerstone for this must hear record.

 

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