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The Grisly Hand

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Western Avenue EP
(self-released)

Context: A four-song EP of backwoods boot-stompers from the folk-rock darlings

Highlight: The title track, with its buoyant vocal harmonies and Waylon Jennings echoes ("The Wurlitzer Prize," especially), is the finest song the Grisly Hand has recorded to date.

Conclusion: "Black Coffee," a clattering old-timey Americana tune, is the only other new song on Western Avenue. Half the EP is, thus, covers: a soulful, twangy version of Radiohead's "Been Thinking About You" and a faithful tribute to "Still Feeling Blue" by Gram Parsons. More originals, please.

Listen: music.thegrislyhand.com

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