A scintillating third step in what will hopefully be a very long ascent forward for the duo as they pave the way out for the rest of their career.
Their third album released over the period of a four-year span, roots trailblazers Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer continue their upward stride towards artistic nirvana. Off-Grid Lo-Fi is an album whose title sounds experimental at first glance, but upon understanding the story behind its development, becomes a whole lot more literal than one might initially believe it to be.
The positively off-kilter quirks of the record -- embracing a broad range of instruments ranging from the standard guitar and piano to more traditional Americana banjo- and cello-based work and engaging in styles as far-ranging as modern folk to jazz and Latin dance in between -- was the development of McGraw and Fer’s time away, off-the-grid, for three straight months in order to create and record the album. The end result is a scintillating third step in what will hopefully be a very long ascent forward for the duo as they pave the way out for the rest of their career.