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Earlier this month, the California duo Skin & Bones released their album, The Ghost In This Town. Multi-instrumentalist Taylor Borsuk and fiddle player Peter Blackwelder are creating soulful folk music that fans of blues, country or roots could all appreciate. Their musicianship and sense of groove and dynamics is something that any discerning listener can get excited over. Its an album that caught our attention last August when we showcased their single, “Bad Feeling”, on our new music Matinee. The song grabs you and engulfs you in the Deep South. It is the dark gritty and growling blues, full of slide guitar that, as the song says; it “runs deep in your bones”.
One of the strongest tracks on the EP is, not surprisingly, the title of the album, “Ghost In This Town”. They slow things down with melodic vocals and a haunting fiddle. You are guaranteed to be clapping and humming along by the end of the song. “Ain’t No Water” is another contender for top song on the album. It’s an outstanding and well-written track. It starts off calmly and just when you think the song is over; it picks up and is put into overdrive. The beautiful finger-picked guitar-work on “Mr. Dark” could compete with many top folk groups today. One of the key elements throughout the five songs are that the vocals are unique and full of passion. On top of that, the fiddle adds such a fantastic element and it is placed into each song with thought. There are no disappointments on this record
The Ghost In This Town is an album that listeners must not overlook. Every song is moving and dynamic. Between the voice and the fiddle – it buries into your soul and doesn’t let go. The music is somewhere between grace and grit – the devil at the crossroads and an angels lament. Skin & Bones are carving out unique music and they are darn good at it. The only bad thing to say is that the music ended to quickly.
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You can purchase the digital or physical copy of The Ghost In This Town on their website here. Also, check out their upcoming shows and support them!
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