Fellow Travelers (CD)


Shearwater

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Amoeba Review

11/24/2013

Shearwater’s latest is a set of covers and one original that pay tribute to bands they’ve toured with. It may seem like a strange way to round up a set of covers, but it mostly works, and serves as a nice follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy before the band regroups to record new material. It’s a kick to hear them take on Xiu Xiu’s “I Luv the Valley OH!!” and hear Jonathan Meiburg intone “my behind is a beehive.” They make Coldplay more tasteful on their rendition of “Hurts Like Heaven.” And while some covers remain faithful, like their version of Folk Implosion’s mid-’90s rock radio hit “Natural One,” they take a different melodic tack to St. Vincent’s “Cheerleader,” making the song their own, and give a more humanistic sense to Clinic’s “Tomorrow” while retaining that band’s rhythmic thump. Fellow Travelers pulls a neat trick for Shearwater, a band who is distinctive in its own right but whose moody indie-rock sound is difficult to pinpoint, by showing how that sound applies to the music of others. And it ends up a nice showcase for the bands they cover, highlighting some of the lesser-known bands they’ve toured with, on lovely renditions of David Thomas Broughton’s “Ambiguity,” for instance, while shedding new light on bigger bands like Coldplay. It’s a winner, all-around.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Our Only Sun
Shearwater 00:54
2.
I Luv The Valley OH!!
Shearwater 02:55
3.
Hurts Like Heaven
Shearwater 04:39
4.
Natural One
Shearwater 03:27
5.
Ambiguity
Shearwater 04:01
6.
Cheerleader
Shearwater 03:17
7.
Tomorrow
Shearwater 02:50
8.
A Wake For The Minotaur
Shearwater 03:54
9.
Mary Is Mary
Shearwater 03:43
10.
Fucked Up Life
Shearwater 03:30

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