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Kacy and Clayton - Carrying On

by Bill Golembeski Rating:10 Release Date:2019-10-04
Kacy and Clayton - Carrying On
Kacy and Clayton - Carrying On

Two words describe this album: Earth Angel.

Well, of course, that is the title the big doo-wop hit by The Penguins in 1954. And that’s just the point: Oddly enough, there’s an echo of all things 50’s rock ‘n’ roll jukebox favorites strolling through this record. The first song, “Forty Ninth Parallel” sets this vibe.

Also, let it be said: Kacy Anderson has the voice that can make a teardrop weep. Case in point: The fourth track, “In a Time of Doubt,” slides between parallel universes as she sings the mysteries of the stars, while serving cold beer to the loud locals at the neighborhood bar. She sings, “My veins are aching,” and her voice touches a torn heart. It is country music fused with a bitter pop melody.

It’s just an idea, but if Fairport Convention. just before Unhalfbricking, had recorded an album of self-penned Americana-influenced rock, this may well be the result. Yes, Kacy has a voice as pure as Sandy Denny; and her cousin Clayton Linthicum injects a few stinging lead lines ala very early Richard Thompson. The Clayton sung “High Holiday,” “with everyone together” finds the singer “far away” with “empty streets filled with sorrow” and “all the shops are closed.” The song is a musical photograph of Poor Ditching Boy loneliness.

The album does contain songs of pure sweet country-folk music. The title song, “Carry On,” floats on crystal spring dreams, with Kacy/Clayton harmonies that grace the deep passion of the melody. Fellow Canadian Neil Young touched this pathos in his song, “Helpless.” The echo of Patsy Cline slow dances in “Mom and Dad’s Waltz.” The tune makes time stand still. “Providence Place” rocks a bit more with a distant twang and those wondrous harmony vocals.

There’s a late 60’s vibe to this record. Clayton Linthicum gets a second lead singing assignment with the jaunty home town tune, “South Saskatchewan River.” The tune tails off into a (somewhat) psych guitar ending. “Intervention” goes further into country-styled West Coast Jefferson Airplane pop, which, of course, ties in with the before-mentioned early Fairport sound in their “Reno, Nevada,” “Suzanne,” or even “Percy’s Song.”

The ghost of old-timey radio waves circles back with the final two songs. “Spare Me Over One More Year” bleeds a deep and winsome Americana pulse. Time and music touch somehow eternity. And then “That Sweet Orchestra Sound” wraps the country dance in a harvest moon pedal steeled serenade, and Kacy’s voice, still conjuring a teardrop’s tear, slowly rides a hushed melody into a comfortable and colorful sunset.

This album sings like a warm universe, and it’s as common as a cold neighborhood beer. It’s folk; it’s country, and it rocks a bit. But ultimately, it’s the sound of an angel who has touched the music of Earth with a stunning voice and really great songs.

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