I'm really excited to share with you some new(ish) local music. Shriek Operator's The God Who Answers By Fire came out a little over a month ago, and I'm sorry to say, I came to this party a little late. Shout out to Matthew Everett at the Knoxville Mercury for being all over this one and writing a killer review of this album several weeks ago. Here goes my piling-on:
Combining folk and gospel and weaving back and forth between ear pleasing two-part harmonies and hair-raising yelling and (yes) shrieking, there's a lot to The God Who Answers By Fire. It's dark. It's pretty. It's simple here. It's grand there. The textured layers make for a really rich album on the whole that you can hear ten times and find something new each listen. And my goodness, the fingerpicking is superb.
One of the things, I love about Knoxville's music scene is that just when you think you've heard everything, something new, exciting, and truly unique comes along and socks you straight in the face. If you've followed this blog for a while, I probably sound like a broken record saying that over and over, but it's especially true in this case. (speaking of records, The God Who Answers By Fire is available on 12" vinyl.)