Old Canes

It’s a tried and true formula: the songwriter for a pioneer band spends the winter snowed in with a pile of old records and a collection of instruments and pulls together a twangy album of noisy folk. When it’s Chris Crisci from The Appleseed Cast, we’ll give it a chance. “Under” has all of the elements of a basement record, including harmonica, mandolin, and slightly offbeat vocals, as does the barren banjo instrumental “Black Hill Chapel.” Crisci sounds more confident backed by the tight strumming and tambourine beat of “Trust,” a song ripe with Pedro the Lion/David Bazan influences in which he sings, “Little one be careful/There are people out there who’ll steal your soul.” It’s old-timey advice that still stands up.

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