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The Waylons

Out of Love

(Self-released; US: 20 Oct 2009; UK: 20 Oct 2009)

Brooklyn’s the Waylons won’t soon extinguish newcomers’ suppositions the band derives its sound from a certain honky-tonk hero, though “the Malkmuses” would make more sense. Out of Love, the seven-song follow-up EP to its 2006 self-titled full-length debut, was apparently recorded in train depots, apartments, and hallways, and it shows in its vacant sonic drift, which is usually a good thing here. The record is full of the slow-engine drone of college-rock fuzz, at times perking up to a hallucinatory guitar riff here or a driving snare workout there. However, the best tunes bounce with Shins-style indie-rock idioms, like “Traveler”, which flirts with a big chorus but ultimately sounds afraid to surface from the basement, while “Endless Supplies” answers the bell with its boy-girl harmonies and GBV-style finish, making it the soundtrack for a 3 a.m. comedown when you realize you’ve outlasted the booze.

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Steve Leftridge has written about music, film, and books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No Depression, and PlaybackSTL. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Missouri, for whom he is an adjunct teacher, and he's been teaching high school English and film in St. Louis since 1998. Follow at SteveLeftridge@Twitter.com.


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