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Shook Twins

What We Do

(Curlypinky; US: 8 Apr 2014; UK: 8 Apr 2014)

Good-Natured Folk

Portland, Oregon’s Shook Twins are a folk sextet built around the voices, guitar and banjo of identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook. Primarily acoustic instrumentation is buttressed with bits of electric guitar and bass to a create well-balanced stew of sunny sounds. Opener “Thoughts All In” is upbeat, summery music in the best possible way, while follow-up track “What We Do” builds layers atop a snaky rhythm that will have listeners dancing around their organic garden.


Later highlights include the stomping “Shake” and the gentle, banjo-driven “Crisper”. Not every tune is a knockout, but the band’s chops remain consistent throughout, and there are plenty of strong moments even on the Kickstarter-funded album’s less memorable songs. It’s well worth a listen, especially for fans of acoustic music and Americana’s many little-known backwaters.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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