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2011/07/07 / monteurhulot

EP // Meeting House – The Hands of a Hideous Giant, Act I

There may not be much sonic territory left for Anglo-American folk-rock of the “indie” vein to explore without reaching out to other folk traditions (everyone grab a kalimba or kora!) but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t artists around making extremely satisfying new entries in its annals (here’s looking at you, Stephen Steinbrink.)

I submit for addition to that group Meeting House , a project that gets every little facet just right. Although they hail from Richmond, Virginia, their sound feels like part of the lineage of Portland indie-(folk)-rock stretching from Heatmiser and Elliot Smith to Loch Lomond. I really am at a loss to describe why or how the eights songs (or seven, if you’d rather label “The Ghosts of Champe Ford” a sketch or interlude) on Hands of a Hideous Giant are so pitch-perfect, suffice to say that I would have listened to this album repeatedly in 2005, slotting it right after Funeral and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Broom. (This is the part in which you “get to know me.”)

Fortunately, you don’t have to depend on my paltry description in the least bit, and can go straight over to the Meeting House Bandcamp, where Hands is available on a pay-what-you-will basis, as is the 22-track collection Summer Lawn, Locust Song.


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