Like My Morning Jacket before them, the Deep Vibration out of Nashville, Tennessee, have lovingly strip-mined the music of country-rock pioneers such as the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Band and succeeded in sculpting a sound that’s as fresh as it is familiar. The quartet’s excellent five-track debut EP Veracruz infuses their clutch of world-weary tales about barbed romance and cheatin’ hearts with bursts of Memphis horns (“Thanks to You”), explosive drum runs, ‘60s girl-group percussion (“Mississippi Women”) and dueling guitars, while Matt Campbell’s soulful country vocals—think two parts Neil Young to one part Gram Parsons—lassos the numbers in an anguished rootsy warmth. Christened by Lou Reed, and with Gillian Welch singing the boys’ praises (she provides spectral harmony vocals to the outstanding bittersweet story-song “Tennessee Rose”), the Deep Vibration have surely been sprinkled with country-rock fairy dust. Watch this space.
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