This will cost you eleven dollars, but this is one of the few times in the last few years that I’ve heard an album that’s really worth that. The writing, instrumentation, and delivery here are all so solid I can hardly believe I haven’t heard of them before.
This is certainly pretty folky, even the lyrics. Saying things like “I do what I have to for love to survive” or titling a song “Neighbors Front Porch” are not at all surprising for a band who uses and derivative of folk to describe their genre. That absolutely doesn’t make this any worse.
These songs seem like what I always want Brandi Carlile’s songs to sound like. I’m a sucker for long works, and “Holy Train” is one of my favorite tracks on the labum coming in at almost eleven minutes. The title track, “Vampires At Sea”, is really great too. It’s the one that immediately drew me in, as the first track on an album should. “SheBang!” is a bit of a novelty on the album. It’s something I could picture fitting perfectly in a Tarantino film.
These folks are experienced songwriters and performers, and their brand of folk, rock, and alternative country music is some of the best I’ve been made aware of in quite a while.