Boomkat Product Review:
Old Calf lay down their first album as a fully formed band for the always intriguing No Quarter stable. On 'Borrow A Horse' they've grown from the Charlottesville, VA duo of Ned Oldham (The Anomoanon, Palace Music) and accordionist Marty Metcalfe, to a four-piece with Michael Clem (bass, mondola, dead-on harmonies) and Brian Caputo (percussion) picked up en route. After rehearsals in Ned's garage and weekend gigs in their hometown they've reached a classic sound informed by bluegrass and a wealth of lesser known traditional American musics, all defined by rich melodies, folk-learnt vocals and a tender sense of psychedelia - not the kind that leaves you in sweats and licking your eyeballs. The packaging is as lovely as the music, too, featuring CD with paper slipcase housed in full-colour, tip-on LP style gatefold jacket. This should certainly appeal to fans of Bonnie Prince Billy, Women and Children, you know the vibe.