Album Review: Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators E.P.
Aaron Carpenter and The Revelators
Does the moniker Americana apply if you are a Kiwi? Country-Rock doesn't quite feel right either, so Rock it has to be.
This is an E.P, only available as a download or at Carpenter's gigs, and a precursor to a full album next year. So here is a prediction for 2016; the album will be an absolute smash if this teaser album is anything to go by.
It's brash, illuminating, exceedingly well recorded, considering it was recorded in a barn on Waiheke Island, and authentic.
It starts with a riff from Lee Clayton, one of music's great disappearing acts (his Naked Child album is in my Top Ten Desert Island Discs), before soaring into Hendrix territory, complimented by a terrific backing band.
Never Hungry Long, with its line "In my heart I'm an outlaw", is redolent of a drifter and a loner, and Stranger tells a tale of a man stupid enough to let the love of his life go.
Here's to the album in 2016 then.