The 'Mericans - So Late It Hurts LP


Singer-songwriter Chris Daltry of Providence has been making darkly majestic, slowcore-tinged music since the early ’90s, when he led his first band, Purple Ivy Shadows, down lantern-lit paths of dream-pop wonder and soft psych parades that marched (and, sadly, vanished) into the mists of a new millennium. Thankfully, for those of us who like a little moodiness mixed with our melodies (think Pernice Brothers, Grandaddy, Varnaline), and guitars that tend to shimmer rather than shred, Daltry’s post-Purple endeavor picks up the baton the Shadows dropped somewhere around 2001. The ’Mericans’ third album is a thing of beauty and reckoning, with an aching undertow and a thematic core that sounds restlessly political — the opener, “When a Peaceful Bird Can’t Hear Her Own Song,’’ is a sorrowful stunner — but whose sense of intimacy always feels intensely personal. The saturnine sparkle of “Language of America’’ particularly catches the ear, but throughout, Daltry’s just-this-side-of-craggy, Tweedy-esque demeanor gives these otherwise burnished songs a coat of rustic immediacy. So late it hurts? For Auto-tuned musical fashions of the moment, maybe. But for those who like following darker yet illuminating paths, the ’Mericans are right on time."

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