Issue April 5, 2011



Oh, that name. It’s around the third track that you notice it. It’s not the most creative name, but once you start hearing serious Latin rhythms underneath a style of music that’s never had Latin rhythms underneath it before, you’ll let them get away with just about anything. It’s genre-fucking at its most blatant, but that’s OK. If it’s rootsy authenticity you’re looking for, look elsewhere. This self-titled album is thoroughly enjoyable, and when it veers toward the Latin side, as it often does, it shows off impressive instrumental and songwriting chops along with a restrained power. When the fusion is complete and true, as on “Shady Grove,” a much-loved 18th-century folk tune, the results are fascinating. The song, like much of the record, is like a soundtrack to a story or a place that may or may not exist.