Lach - Ramshackle Heart (3 stars)

Lach - Ramshackle Heart

New York anti-folk overlord's sixth album a rash of styles, but with distinctive voice

(Song, By Toad)

Amid news that New York anti-folk overlord Lach will be bringing his anti-hootenanny open-mic session to Edinburgh again this August and tempting hints that he might be setting up home here, the release of only his sixth album in twenty years is an impressive coup for the city’s ever-reliable label, Song, by Toad.

Cultivated in the Cornwall studio of Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), it rides in on the acoustic country rattle of ‘Another Night Without You’, part Pogues and part ‘Harvest Moon’, and sways through the more rugged mariachi blues of ‘Break the Day’, wry urban NY folk-pop in ‘Everyone’s Therapist’ and on into ‘My Gangster’, They Might Be Giants meets 13th Floor Elevators’ bottle-blowing ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. A rash of styles, then, but just one distinctive voice.

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