The vocals and songs of Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland have found favour with many since they partnered as the Lost Brothers. This latest album finds them growing in strength as artists. The new album was produced in Nashville by Brendan Benson, who has done a fine job of bringing their sound to the next level.
That sound finds a spiritual home in the place where such acts as the Everlys and the Louvin Brothers recorded. It is easy to make comparisons with such acts, or with the likes of non-brother harmony duos like Simon and Garfunkel. That however distracts from what they have achieved in their own right and how pleasing the music they have delivered is in itself.
The musicians involved, aside from Leech and McCausland are Benson, Gill Landry and Paul Brainard among others who all play a variety of instruments between them that bolsters the musical. The sound is pleasingly uncluttered and acoustic in setting which gives the songs a sense of space that allows such instrumental interludes as the musical saw in Widow Maker it's place within the song's structure. The sole cover is that of an early 1955 Roy Orbison recording that was written by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. The eleven songs follow similar patterns that emphasize the understated unison singing of both singers and makes what is the most fundamental (and familiar) aspect of the Lost Brothers' sound.
That makes it difficult to pick out a particular song from the overall album but the accordion in Blue Moon In September is imbued with a European feel and the musical saw again makes an appearance. A sound not heard much outside of the recordings of the Flatlanders it is no without a certain charm. The aforementioned Hey Miss Fannie picks the tempo up and shows that there is much to be explored beyond the more normal mid-pace setting. It also has some nice pedal steel running through it. The album closes with the Brothers singing over an abstracted reverbed guitar and pedal steel sound that pushes the boundaries of what may be expected of them. All in all a big step forward for the talented duo who have found their voice in their matched voices.