Boomkat Product Review:
Nowadays if you want to start a potentially quite popular but slightly twee indie-folk combo all you need do is select a boy's name and pair it with an animal of some sort. Peter & The Wolf would clearly be cheating, but there are still two entirely different acts who trade under that moniker. Recent exponents of the technique include the stupefyingly bland Noah & The Whale and now the quite lovely Gregory & The Hawk, which is in fact a solo initiative, spearheaded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meredith Godreau, who benefits from some production assistance from labelmate Mice Parade. Godreau goes so far as to call her record Moenie & Kitchi, which, phonetically at least, sounds dangerously like a reasonably accurate and succinct critique of the LP. Godreau distinguishes herself on the stripped acoustic number 'August Moon' and 'Doubtful', starting out with a very raw, unplugged sound only to acquire a motoring, jagged guitar line that propels the piece into a lovely, distorted coda. 'Ghost' is similarly feisty, marking a further step away from the road-most-travelled by other sweet-voiced female songwriters, and it's this sort of form that elevates the album above and beyond many of her contemporaries. Very nice indeed.