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Boomkat Product Review:
The latest Preservation release hails from the USA's Midwest, featuring a double helping of songs from multi-instrumentalist and lo-fi folkster Clare Adrienne Cameron Hubbard. Although each CD is only an EP's length, the two sets of songs have been divided to denote the stylistic differences between sets, even though Hubbard's songwriting tone remains steady throughout. On the first disc Caethua evokes the raw intimacy of Diane Cluck, occasionally augmenting her spindly acoustic guitar accompaniment with some appropriately out of tune orchestration (put to best use on the wholly excellent 'Sons Of The Hounds'). Taking on a more esoteric character, the largely piano-driven spook-echo of the second disc proves to be a quality turn, occasionally sounding like Magik Markers in one of their more eerie, contemplative moments, or possibly Women & Children. If you're not already fully sold on Hubbard's work based on the first batch, then this second one will surely seal the deal. It transcends the rickety naivety of the first, coating the songs in a rather dark and introspective atmosphere - good stuff.