What happens when you downsize the arrangements to just the instruments that are needed to carry a song, to express the ambience and the emotion you want to convey? If you have good songs and a singer with a strong expression you need surprisingly little to create your own unique feeling. Well, in fact it may be the obvious way of finding the personal expression as a band; to peel of off as much as possible of what’s obscuring the way to the listener. When I listen to Bring the Mourning Ons Americana-inspired second album “Ukiah” it’s exactly the feeling I get of how they have worked.
And I think that they have found something personal, something that is uniquely them, which I haven’t heard in the same obvious way inte the earlier songs; in the stripped, naked and subtle. The result is a charged atmosphere where the effect of an added instrument, or when they all press on, gets so much bigger and dramatic, and it becomes so evident that not only every tone is important, but also the weight it has. It’s starting to sound like “Bring the Mourning On” about the band on this album that grows and becomes more nuanced with each listen.