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The Rosewood Thieves

From The Decker House

(V2; US: 25 Jul 2006; UK: 25 Jul 2006)

The Rosewood Thieves are a NYC band just pining for the simple things—a country house, a fire against the cold, etc. Their debut EP, From the Decker House, was recorded at this historic house without internet/phone/TV in upstate New York, and the simplicity’s charming enough, though it can breeze by without much of a lasting effect. The sound of the album is over-archingly amateur, with flat vocals and seemingly-untouched sound quality, and comes across as a more authentically bedroom-version of the White Stripes (on “Back Home to Harlem”) or a cool/calm the Band (on “Cold in the Country”). “Los Angeles” is the best song, though, a cool-swung lo-fi ballad with a great chorus: “I got some friends in Adelaide, telling me to head out their way / Cos they know I’m in love with the sun”. The country-folk elements are heavier-painted, which fits with the band’s image: “Doctor” bubbles along with “Tangled Up in Blue”‘s poetry but a more obviously country vibe; “Lonesome Road” explodes out of its shell of melancholy farewell into a bouncing but still beautiful ballad. This band may be onto something here.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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