Boomkat Product Review:
This debut album from Les Shelleys heralds the advent of a new traditionalist folk project from Tom Brosseau and Angela Correa. Californian artist Brosseau will be a familiar name to regular Fat Cat followers: he's already released three full-lengths for the label, packed with his own singer-songwriter material. Correa has a solo project too, named Correatown, though clearly these two are onto something good as a duo - their harmonised vocals are great, and the project has a resolutely live, one-mic, one-take feel that's in keeping with the vintage of their material. A stripped back and very raw rendition of 'The Band Played On' sounds great, and similarly upbeat, knockabout Americana abounds from 'Green Door' and 'Rum And Coca-Cola', though more conventional songwriter-ly pieces fare well too: the duo take on a fine cover of Woody Guthrie's 'Pastures Of Plenty' as well as a couple of Bob Dylan pieces - 'Billy' and 'The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll'. Good stuff.