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Sutherland, Chriss – “Me In A “Field” – [Digitalis Industries]

Jawbone   5/31/2008   A Library, CD

From the post-punk alt-prog ashes of Cerberus Shoal arose the acoustic freak-folk of Fire On Fire (FOF). Members of FOF include Big Blood’s Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella, as well as Chriss Sutherland, who makes his solo debut here. All have been fixtures on the South Portland, Maine music scene for a dozen plus years. Mostly a lo-fi solo acoustic affair, Chriss is helped out on banjo, flute, harmonium and vocals by his fellow FOF members.

Chriss spent some time as a troubadour in Spain at the urging of Wooden Wand’s James Toth and he occasionally breaks into a Spanish chorus to great effect. Much of the album comes off dry and dusty as the Spanish Plain and sometimes he’s as morose as a moss-covered Maine moose, but Chriss seems to have a spirit that can’t be crushed for all its world-worn edges.

Standouts include 1,3,8 & 9. Coyote Tonight is fucking genius. Don’t miss it.
LANGUAGE ON 4. Deseos.

–Jawbone

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