To say the word “Festival” is to summon myriad imagery: revelers hoarsely singing songs over jugs of wine, dancing, sharing, smiling, laughing, and enjoying that rare sense of community that has, as we move further and further into the 21st century, been replaced by insularity. But is the imagery of the festival lost? Antiquated? Romanticized? Yes, of course. There are, however, threads of that quilt left behind – captured periodically on record as a dusty reminder of the human animal’s potential for interconnectivity. In the realm of family, in the voices of siblings, you can not only sense the connection between performers in the studio, but you can hear the sympathetic vibration of vocal cords united by the glue of genetics.
Such is the case on Language of Stone’s recent release by Festival, Come Arrow Come! The songs are stitched together lovingly and admirably by the band’s core duo, sisters Lindsay and Alexis. Despite a lack of overt musical complexity, the sisters’ charming blend of chamber pop, folk, and psychadelia finds its strength in blood.
[photo © rebecca gillespie]