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ReviewShine Wednesday: Kim Lamothe Tree-Oh and Meatyard

Posted in Kim Lamothe Tree-Oh on January 19, 2011 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.

First up is the Kim Lamothe Tree-Oh, a three piece outfit (say Tree-Oh out loud quickly) out of Rhode Island that has produced an album full of jazz flavored Americana grooves.  Mystery of Viburnum is Lamothe’s sophomore effort, but her first backed by Tree-Oh members Brendan Whipple on guitar and bass and Eric Hastings on drums.  When the three play together, they comfortably slip into groove after groove like a favorite pair of slippers, and it’s easy to slip in with them as you tap your feet along.  The song I’m sharing here is “8A,” the first full song on the album and one that sets the tone for the rest of the record.

Kim Lamothe Tree-Oh: 8A (Buy Album)

Up next is a band from L.A. called Meatyard.  Their sophomore album Sweet Old Green Life is a hauntingly melancholy collection of mid-tempo shuffles highlighted by the harmonies of vocalists Josh Welch and Molly Hansen.  It’s a fully fleshed out sound, but it almost didn’t happen.  Welch had originally envisioned a stripped down acoustic approach to the record with little accompaniment or production.  Once he introduced the songs to Hansen and heard her vocal contributions, Welch changed his mind.  One listen to the album opener, “Hats on the Five” proves he made the right choice.

Meatyard: Hats on the Five (Buy Album)