2014. Earthwork Music.
I’ve worked a bunch with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys in the past, so of course I love their music, but I wasn’t prepared for how much I loved their brand-new EP. It’s only four songs, but I must have hit repeat at least four times in a row while driving down I5 from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA late one night. The Here Between EP takes them out of the rootsgrass or jazzgrass world they were in with the previous album and puts them more into the contemporary stringband field, like Joy Kills Sorrow or Crooked Still. Lindsay Lou’s vocals are as heavenly as usual, but the songs have a wicked complexity that shows the group maturing to their new sound. The standout track is the divine gospel song “The River Jordan”, actually written by Michigan friends and label mates Seth & May. Lindsay’s vocals on this song are transcendent, and the restraint of the arrangement shows a beautiful maturity in the band. “The Fix” is another one of my favorites, with the unusual chorus: “I’m not looking for an answer, I’m not trying for a tired old bag of tricks/ I need a fix, a frame shift.” I think the EP as a whole is their frame shift as a band, and I’m looking forward to their upcoming full length later this year.
The EP is only availble from the Earthwork Music website, and it´s pay-what-you-want for the digital download. Get it here! https://earthworkmusic.com/store-ind?i=159&s=Here%20Between%20EP