[19 April 2012]
In a year and a half, Leland Sundries has put out only two EPs, but it’s become a group worth watching. The group digs deep into folk tradition for their dusty music, putting together an aesthetic indebted to the past but not stuck in it. On latest release The Foundry EP the group expands its sound, moving from creaky porches into more of a band sound, even approaching rockabilly on the comic “Giving up Redheads”. “Bywater Rag” stretches back the farthest into the past as, obviously, a rag, bringing in a Dixieland sound. The band also does reflection and melancholy well, most noticeably on “Apparition”. This sort of track highlights Nick Loss-Eaton’s rough vocals. His singing expresses without polish, making his voice a perfect match for the lo-fi Americana he and his bandmates construct.