Fellow Travelers - SUB POP
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By Gianna Hughes on December 5, 2013
Over the past 15 years, the members of Shearwater have performed with their share of talented bands and artists. Their ninth album, Fellow Travelers, is, in a way, a scrapbook of these memories. It is a collection of covers from the bands they’ve toured with over the course of their career. It is the reinterpretation of many beloved songs from various genres; it is a payment of respects to their peers they tramped along the road with. Songs range anywhere from Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv the Valley Oh!,” the album’s lead single, to Coldplay’s “Hurts Like Heaven”—possibly the album’s most pathos-filled number—to Wye Oak’s stunning “Mary Is Mary.” Shearwater’s selection of covers is as diverse as their own discography. But one thing ties it all together: the theme that despite whatever roads may eventually lead us apart, at some point, we were in this together.