Recording

Crooked Fingers 'Breaks in the Armor' (Merge)

Former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann debuted this project, Crooked Fingers, about a dozen years ago, and since then he’s used the name whenever it suits. This latest Crooked Fingers releas

Former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann debuted this project, Crooked Fingers, about a dozen years ago, and since then he’s used the name whenever it suits. This latest Crooked Fingers release is a spare, rhythmic, almost folky rock ’n’ roll collection, heavy on bass and simple guitar patterns but very tuneful—really beautiful in its simplicity. Gospel piano, a la Nick Cave, spooky synths and found sounds spread a dark wash over tracks such as “Black Candles” and Went to the City.” Dueting with Bachmann on these all-original songs is singer/songwriter/musician Liz Durrett; her voice is a sweet, soulful foil for Bachmann’s gritty singing style and stripped-bare guitar work. This is a great effort full of raw feeling from a gifted, versatile artist.

Engineer: Matt Yelton. Studio: The Bakery (Athens, GA). Mastering:Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.

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