Big Bells and Dime Songs - THRILL JOCKEY
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Jon Pruett on November 21, 2011
With the explosion of Rapidshare links and free editing/DJ software in the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all new records were going to end up sounding like someone put the Sublime Frequencies catalog through the wash—just a mess of overloaded influences and disparate sounds. A relief then that Luke Roberts’s debut can dig up a well of such intimate, homegrown sounds and songs. His weary, slightly broken voice is somewhere between Townes Van Zandt and Kurt Vile—young and wise, but with an even-older worldview and simplicity. Musically, the tracks (recorded by Harvey Milk’s Kyle Spence) can showcase poetic grace and finger-picking chops (“Epcot Women”) as well as bare-bones, knuckle-dragging full-band excursions like “Somewhere to Run” and “Just Do It Blues” that conjure up the medicated hayseed jams as done by folks like Palace and Silver Jews.