Shakey Graves - Dearly Departed (feat. Esme Patterson)

This weeks selection is a straightforward folk tune replete with its obligatorily melodramatic break-up as death allegory. While the melody is decent, the overwrought lyrics drag the whole thing down. There are times when Esme Patterson’s sweetly light vocals dovetail into some great harmonies with Shakey Graves(that name, ugh!) but there are other times when their voices clash with each other like someone hitting one off note during a piano recital. If you are a fan of Mumford & Sons or Emmett Malloy, then this song will probably fit nicely into your IPod. If not, then you are better off skipping this weeks offering. C

Krista Boivie