Let The Rain Fall
Six Shooter Records
The album title is said to sum up the outlook of this Canadian female trio, eternal optimists to a girl. Perhaps an English act would be more likely to call an LP ‘Oh **** It’s Bloody Raining Again’ and maybe after their UK dates they’ll empathise. But let’s wish these ladies good weather and good fortune on their upcoming jaunt here. They formed in 2006 apparently, for a show at a hotel in Toronto. Since when they have made two album’s, with this new collection being the third release.
There is a manifest camaraderie between members Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore. Occasionally they evoke acid-tongued English chanteuse trio Fascinating Aida
( by the way, YouTube the latter’s take on cheap air flights, presented a la Riverdance, it’s a killer) with their blend of voices. But the Good Lovelies…
In Canada, the Juno Awards highlight quality emerging acts and last year their current album picked up a gong for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year. The Juno’s have a bit more cred than our domestic Brit or Mercury Awards which unerringly celebrate the mediocre and trumpet fast-collapsing career paths ( Bat For Lashes anyone ? ha) but this site prefers to savour acts’ live performances and song creations rather than be led by hype.
The jaunty opener ‘Made For Rain’ displays a lovely blend of voices, a quick Beatles quote and a sweet tearroom string arrangement, it’s infectiously happy but naturally so. ‘Free’ has an old timey jumpjazz tempo, nodding towards Western Swing..it’s as if the Andrews Sisters are sitting in with Bob Wills. Seems the band members play many instruments, here a mandolin dances across the rhythm. ‘Old Highway’ has the most beautiful vocal, weirdly close to Taylor Swift in reflective mood, still toetapping and catchy. I am put in mind of Fairground Attraction – if you like them, you will assuredly love this crew, ‘Backyard’ and its creamy harmony vocals affirming this once more. ’Kiss Me In The Kitchen’ is a cheeky almost rockabilly number, scratchy electric guitar picking away a la Asleep At The Wheel.
‘Lonesome Hearts’ could be from ‘Toy Story’ ! Closer ‘ Mrs T’ is a reflective tale at a gentle pace, some in French.
If the jazz/swing harmony vocal sound is your thing and happy go lucky is what you want, get this as soon as you can. Sepultura fans – run !!!!
Pete Sargeant www.fairhearing.co.uk