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Trummors

Over and Around the Clove

(Ernest Jenning; US: 22 May 2012; UK: 22 May 2012)

Anne Cunningham and Dave Lerner (ex-Ted Leo & the Pharmacists) comprise the duo Trummors, and the two have recently relocated from Brooklyn to Woodstock, New York. It’s important to note because their latest record, Over and Around the Clove, has a bit of urban cowboy to it, but mostly it’s the kind of pastoral country-folk you’d expect from a move out of the city. Cunningham and Lerner trade vocals over dusty folk tunes, and each has their own disarmingly hushed sweetness. The songs are built up with guitar from Meg Baird collaborator Marc Orleans and pedal steel from Chris Zaloom.


With just these simple elements, the band takes us through a travelogue of locations—we jump from streets on “Cold on Memphis Boulevard” and “Platte Cove Road” to dots on bigger maps like “Odessa” and “Nashville, TN”—as well as a myriad of folk-pop stylings. The sweet rundown melody of the title track also reveals the duo’s knack for a great line (“The tourists sometimes slow down when they’re lost”) while “Salinas” shows their ability to stretch out into rugged space. The songs are immediately sweet, but repeated listens show the deep emotion and complications underneath. At just under 30 minutes, this Trummors album may seem slight, but its effect is anything but.

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Matthew Fiander is a music critic for PopMatters and Prefix Magazine. He also writes fiction and his work has appeared in The Yalobusha Review. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Greensboro and currently teaches writing and literature at High Point University in High Point, NC. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattfiander.


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