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April 29, 2009

The Whispertown 2000

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Swim by The Whispertown 2000Los Angeles band The Whispertown 2000 have been turning a few heads in Alt-Country circles with their latest album “Swim”. Morgan Nagler’s vocals do remind me a lot of Cat Power but with added soul and risk-taking. It is her drawled delivery that first turns my head. The songs are mostly Country-based and there’s a few traditional style ones like From The Start/Jamboree but there’s another element that creeps in. Sometimes it’s a melody, sometimes a guitar sound that hints at a Rock or Grunge or even Soul influence.

It is on the penultimate track Ebb and Flow that I find something I didn’t even know I was looking for. It starts off sounding like Portishead trip hop, and then the drum gets hit and a little later there’s a fuzzed up guitar. I keep thinking of band names to try and explain little parts of the sound like Big Brother Holding Co and Chicago. This song just encompasses so many hooks similar to things I have loved from the past 40 years and all put together with a few rough edges (because I hate slick and clean). The best 4 minutes of music I have heard this year.

Ebb and Flow by The Whispertown 2000

Ebb and Flow by The Whispertown 2000 (Clip)

The Whispertown 2000

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