Shovels & Rope - By Blood Vinyl LP
Shovels & Rope By Blood Vinyl LP
Known for their honest, literate, and narrative-driven songwriting, acclaimed husband and wife duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) inject raw and fiercely passionate emotion into the 10 tracks on their new album By Blood. It opens with the pulsating mantra of "I'm Comin' Out," a song with multiple subtexts ranging from the obvious, to a baby about to emerge, to showing up for the revolution with "the taste of blood in my mouth." The "blood" referred to in the poignant title track is a message to their young daughter about the unbreakable union of family.
As storytellers, Shovels & Rope create cinematic vignettes built around flawed characters who strive for greatness but are often overtaken by their shortcomings. Tracks such as the new wave-infused "The Wire" and the enduring epic "Carry Me Home" exude the vulnerability and fragility that comes with love. The duo puts their twist on the modern murder ballad in "Pretty Polly," while an inspiring message of hope, strength, and acceptance is at the heart of the tale in "C'mon Utah."
As with their previous work, By Blood was produced by Trent and recorded at their in-home studio, recently upgraded to a new structure in their backyard. Outside of fiddle on one track ("Hammer") and horns on another ("Twisted Sisters"), all instruments and vocals were performed by Hearst & Trent.
Shovels & Rope By Blood Track Listing:
1. I'm Comin' Out
2. Mississippi Nuthin'
3. The Wire
4. C'mon Utah!
5. Carry Me Home
6. Twisted Sisters
7. Good Old Days
8. Pretty Polly
10. By Blood
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