Boomkat Product Review:
Of all the artist biogs I've come across in recent times, few could lay claim to their subject being the offspring of a Rocky mountain dynamite salesman, and the Colorado-born songwriter Sera Cahoone sounds every bit as entrenched in vintage Americana as her dad's profession would suggest. Cahoone began her career in Seattle, rubbing shoulders with bands like Carissa's Weird and Band Of Horses, whose Everything All The Time debut she played on. In addition to be being beautifully written, Cahoone's songs are lit up by a powerful, weary vocal, like a mournful, breathier take on what Neko Case does. There's nothing thin or flaky about Cahoone's brand of country, it comes with a real sense of authenticity, always meticulously arranged and performed with absolute conviction, with shades of Ryan Adams permeating the title track and Harvest Moon-era Neil Young resonating through 'Shitty Hotel'. An album like this marks a bit of a departure from the Sub Pop norm - seldom would you hear the label associating itself with anything quite so straight - but it's an entirely welcome one.