This one speaks to the need to dig into what your favorite artists raise up. Caught this as a quick flash from a social post on RSTB faves Teddy and the Rough riders and the recommendation is truly appreciated. The Austin band encompasses the same slightly cosmic careen within the country canon that the Rough Riders have embraced these past few years, sidling up as easy contemporaries of the Tennessee outfit. With plenty of Gram in their bones and a bittersweet ripple running through Cosmic Range Oven, Singlers welcome the sunset hues of country with open arms. The band excels when the dust settles and the evening light is low, amiable with an upbeat ramble, but more potent when circumstances turn sour.
On the aching “Bentley,” the band captures the Van Zandt/Parsons penchant for hiding in dark bar corners, but they sweep away the folk trappings for a more polished pop sway that’s hung on barroom piano and bruised slides. Similarly the opulent woes of “Deep in the Valley” echo a sorrow that’s ensconced in the kind of numbed worldview that let Gene Clark build his excess into a corroded classic. While it has moments of flash, the record is actually quite understated — a twang-soaked simmer on the stove that never boils over but remains hot to the touch. There’s been little dust kicked up about this album, but that’s to the detriment of most listeners. It deserves more than a few spins on the speakers, revealing depth on each new listen. Seek out Shinglers, you won’t walk away disappointed.
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