A wash of sweet strings, organ hum and echoplex. A chorus of insect melodies and muted buzz. Gossamer traces of sounds heard in dreams. A meloncholic murmur, stark and wintry. The ghost of Gram Parsons and The Byrds.
The Court And Spark are a dry desert wind; dark and hypnotic, sorrowful and forlorn, old-soul country. Taking the dark side of The Byrds and the lonely heartbreak of Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, and create spectral soundscapes, grand and sweeping.
The Court and Spark's MC Taylor has the kind of voice that wraps your soul in velvet aches, that lulls and soothes, that tears your heart out and sets it gently on the pillow beside you; deep and ragged, weary and warm, always on the verge of cracking or breaking down. Taylor's plaintive vocals are perfectly underpinned by the bands haunting shuffle and twang; plaintive piano, delicately plucked guitars, Hammond B-3, Silvertone organs, pedal steel, banjo, dobro, mandolin, slide, glockenspiel, cello, found sounds and field recordings, and heavenly harmonies all settle perfectly into a melancholic nostalgia; haunting elegies for lost love and broken spirits.
Inspired by Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt, The Band, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Court And Spark make beautifully inspired and timeless music, intensely personal, devastatingly lovely, steeped in tradition, but with a pocket full of dark and dusty secrets to add to country music's canon.
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