album review::Cass McCombs: Dropping The Writ & Early ’08 tour w/ Band of Horses

One of my favorite records of the year, is Cass McCombs Dropping The Writ, released in the fall. The album begins with aplomb on “Lionkiller,” and includes a dominant cyclical riff and lyrical style that brings to mind the Syd Barrett/ Robyn Hitchcock school. Then, the album follows into a carnival of delights, with tunes that are often reminiscent of the great eighties’ British “indie” scene. So many different kinds of tunes to grab you, like “That’s That,” which is carried by a pulsating rhythm section. “Morning Shadows” is another sweet one, – an arid tune, which might evoke scenes of watching the sun go down on your own proverbial island. If those descriptions don’t suit your fancy, wait until “Deseret,” a mantra like song, recalling Byrds‘ era David Crosby’s songwriting and feel, at least until the departing movement. “Crick in my neck” is by far the standout in my mind, and feels like it has the lightness of a perfect cappuccino, combined with the emotional appeal of a great Prefab Sprout piece. There’s more, but you’ll get the picture much better by experiencing Dropping The Writ yourself. Cass McCombs is back on the road, this time with backing band the Middle Class, for an early 2008 US tour supporting Band of Horses.

01.20 Charleston, SC Music Farm
01.21 Norfolk, VA The Norva
01.22 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore at the TLA
01.23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
01.24 State College, PA State Theatre
01.25 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
01.27 Newport, KY Southgate House
01.29 Nashville, TN Exit/In
01.30 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Café
01.31 St. Louis, MO Gargoyle
02.01 Norman, OK Meacham Auditorium (U of Oklahoma)
02.02 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
02.03 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
02.04 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
02.06 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree
02.07 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
02.09 Orlando, FL Social
02.10 Orlando, FL Social
02.12 Mt. Pleasant, SC Village Tavern
~ All shows are supporting Band of Horses

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