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From the echoing wolf howls of a struggling guitar on the opening track off Siskiyou’s self-titled debut album, it’s apparent that this is a much stronger project than Colin Huebert and Erik Arnesen’s previous effort with Great Lake Swimmers. The Canadian duo released their debut album in September last year and it’s a striking reminder of the country’s folk legacy. Huebert’s voice is fragile and oddly pitched much like Neil Young or Chad VanGaalen and his ability to mix classic lyricism with garbage can instrumentation gives the music a timeless rustic sound. A range of instruments support and drive the album, from a starry banjo on ‘Hold It In’ to a rusty saw on ‘Never Ever Ever Ever Again’ – each song has it’s own fragility and depth of yearning. There’s even a grunginess to the guitars on ‘Useless Anymore’ and their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘El Condor Pasa’ (released as a single in April 2010) is a morbid take on a piece classic song writing.  If I’d heard this album in time it would have been among my personal favourites of 2010.

You can download and/or stream Siskiyou’s debut album on their website.

Siskiyou- Myspace

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