Boomkat Product Review:
Another essential Child Of Microtones release from psych-folk aristocracy, MV & EE. Liberty Rose features a relatively restricted set of players, with the core duo augmented only by regular contributor Doc Dunn, who brings Fender Rhodes and lap steel to the party. This skeletal setup informs the shape of sparse, modal blues opener 'Right To Dry' and the magical 'Crow Jane Environs', a kind of ambient goth-country outing that dissolves snatches of vocals into a tapestry of meandering guitar leads and floating lap steel echoes. In a similar frame of mind, 'Flow My Ray' presents some sublime cosmic blues, held together by a chord pattern that could have been lifted from Fennesz's Endless Summer. The album strays into more acoustic territory as it enters its seond half, with Elder fronting the superb lo-fi bluegrass number 'Death Is My Friend' with a real air of scholarly old-time gravitas that's still far-out enough to avoid sounding like a retread of early Americana. Eleven-minute closer 'Streams' starts out as another acoustic, fingerpicked number - an exceptionally beautiful one at that - before unfolding into a wholly more expansive arrangement, treating the vocals with an echoing fog that helps the duo dissolve slowly into obscurity through its final whispered moments. There are many attributes that separate these two from their peers, but the inventive guitar parts here really elevate MV & EE's music - both their songs and improvised passages - above their psych-folk contemporaries.