Genre: country rock, country folk
Sedalia's Growtheries EP is a bit of
an experiment - these songs are sparse, bare-bones country/folk
creatures with often unconventional guitar playing. "Big Yellow Buzzards," for
example, has Ross Nervig's singing over a minimal drum beat and
choral female vocals; it takes awhile to get into, but it's
surprisingly successful in the end. "The Heavens" adds guitar to the
mix to produce a pleasantly unsettling shell of a bluesy country
song, while "9 Steps to a Little Death" kicks up the energy with a
much faster tempo. Haunting "Give Up our Ghost," meanwhile, has a nice
mood but doesn't pair it up with a decent melody, while EP closer "Eyewax"
picks things up a bit but doesn't match the disc's earlier tracks in
terms of enjoyment. Boasting a few really solid songs, Growtheries
is a strong EP which requires a bit of a learning curve on the
part of the listener. Fortunately, Sedalia's sound is
interesting enough to keep its audience coming back.
Fun Fact: There's a
toy piano on the cover of Growtheries, but not a single piano
note played during the album.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by
released Apr 15 2006]