A lot of excellent albums have been released this month, and there’s still another week of great releases to go.  One album that I don’t want to get lost in the shuffle is Doug Keith’s latest record, Pony.  Ben wrote about Doug in September, after I convinced him to join me and see him in Brooklyn, and on February 11 Doug Keith released his latest album, the fantastic Pony on his own The Village Label.

Doug Keith is one of those musicians that I can trust that if he plays on a record, it’ll probably be great. He’s worked with Mascott, who I wrote about last year, folk singer Marisa Anderson, and has been a member of Sharon Van Etten’s touring band since 2010.  On Pony, Keith is joined by fellow Sharon Van Etten band members, multi-instrumentalist Heather Woods Broderick and drummer Zeke Hutchins, as well as War on Drugs member Adam Granduceil, Megafaun members Phil and Brad Cook, and Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis.

This album has a little bit of everything, it starts out with a gorgeous Americana track, “Harvest Home”.  Keith follows it up with some pure rockers, the J. Mascis supplied guitar solo on “Pure Gold In The 70’s” is a bona fide facemelter. The next track, “The Apostles” takes a more folky turn, with Keith on acoustic, and some amazing keyboard work. The drumming on the record is outstanding, Zeke Hutchins is, in my opinion one of the most talented drummers out there, laying down some incredible work on tracks like “You Can’t Stand To Be Alone”. Even on tracks without J. Mascis, Keith rocks some great guitar solos, the last two tracks “The Weather’s Fucking Awful” and “The Bone In Your Hand” have some slick solos.  “The Bone In Your Hand” is a perfect album ender.

Pony is a brilliantly composed record. Doug Keith is a fine songwriter, and his band are incredibly talented.  Keith has been doing this music thing for a long time, and it really shows with this fantastic release.  This is Keith’s third album under his own name, and his previous two releases, The Lucky Ones and Here’s To Outliving Me are also great albums. As I said earlier, there’s a lot of great stuff out this month and it’d be a shame for Pony to get lost in the mix. You can buy Pony on Doug’s Bandcamp here.


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