Monday, January 25, 2010

Album Review: Schooner - Duck Kee Sessions

When a band goes into the studio for a "session" album, there's always a worry that the studio may figure too prominently into the compositions and overwhelm, rather than enhance, what the band does well. This isn't the case with the Duck Kee Sessions

Schooner has always been about simple, loose southern pop with hints of strangeness simmering beneath. The heat is turned up on this EP and the hints begin to boil, occasionally bubbling up to the surface to compliment the other sounds.

The prime example of this is "Duck Kee Nights," a simple studio interlude that sounds like an off-key glockenspiel/chimes lullaby being played on an airport runway. It's unexpected, hopeful, and oddly fitting right after the EP's climax “Maybe We Lose,” a twang-infused, broken-hearted bar theme that tries to rationalize loss.

Every song is wonderfully produced. "Feel Better" is a spry, delightful opener that validates any and all comparisons to The Shins. The closer, "In All Probability," is the heaviest song of the bunch and still the listener can hear all the parts from top to bottom.

Duck Kee Sessions is a joy to listen to and will certainly heighten the anticipation for Schooner's upcoming full length this spring.

The EP is available only on Cytunes starting Feb. 9 and the release party will be at The Pinhook in Durham on Feb. 19.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here are some more tour dates for Schooner!
March 6: Plaza Bowl in Richmond, VA
March 14: Broadways in Asheville, NC
March 15: Parkside Cafe in Birmingham, AL
March 16: Red Star Bar in Baton Rouge, LA (w/ The Love Language and Birds and Arrows).
March 18: Carolina Jubilee (SXSW Day Party) at Hyde Park Parlor in Austin, TX (w/ The Love Language & Lost in the Trees).
March 19: Ole Tavern in Jackson, MS
March 20: Art Bar in Columbia, SC