Les Shelleys

If you are a fan of the stripped back folk harmonies of artists like The Handsome Family then do yourself a favour and listen to these staggeringly lo-fi rumblings by LA duo Les Shelleys. This eclectic selection of cover versions was recorded in singer Tom Brosseau’s kitchen using a minidisk recorder and a battery operated microphone, resulting in a charming and engrossing album. ‘Green Door’ is probably the most recognisable song to UK listeners courtesy of Shakin’ Stevens hit version in the early 80s; here it is turned in to a instrument-free, clapping and finger-clicking version that is thoroughly enchanting. The rest of the album follows in a similar vein with ‘The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll’ and a quirky run though of the calypso standard ‘Rum And Coca Cola’ being particular highlights. If you can ignore the ever present hiss, weird noises and occasional dogs barking in the background, there are joys aplenty to be discovered on this quirky effort.

Overall

7

out of 10

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