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Folk - Released December 11, 2020 | New West Records

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Brought together in 2016 by Jeff Tweedy, the mastermind behind Wilco, Kacy Lee Anderson and Clayton Linthicum are into psychedelic folk of the type seen in the British folk revival of the sixties and seventies. Their sepia-toned melody is enriched with borrowings from Southern Appalachian sounds and country rock (Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Sir Douglas Quintet). This time, the two Canadians, distant cousins from Saskatchewan, have opened their arms to Marlon Williams, a stunning New Zealand crooner in the Chris Isaak/Richard Hawley mould, who juggles deftly between rock, country, folk and even soul. Despite the thirteen thousand kilometres separating Christchurch in New Zealand and Saskatoon in Canada, these three came together around their shared passion for folk, vintage country and troubadour traditions. “We wanted to see if we could meld hemispheres,”  Williams explains. "I’m bringing this Pacific style of country music with the harmonies and choral elements.  Kacy & Clayton have a super identifiable sound.  They embody everything I love about North American folk.  There’s a rural weariness where they’re telling tales that have been told a million times in their own way.  I feel the strength in it... We found a dynamic that worked well, because we all love old Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard and have the same sense of humor."  Plastic Bouquet works because the chemistry and complicity are immediate and total. No-one is trying to hog centre stage, and the mic passes smoothly from hand to hand. These tasteful players know just how to punctuate and colour their timeless storytelling (the organ on  I'm Unfamiliar, the steel guitar on Old Fashioned Man); and they know how to make their compositions enticing. Amazing. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Folk - Released October 4, 2019 | New West Records

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When Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum first met Jeff Tweedy in the autumn of 2016, their lives took an unexpected turn. The lead singer from Wilco was mesmerised straight away by the two distant cousins from Saskatchewan, Canada and invited them to record in his studio, ‘The Loft’ in Chicago, where he then produced their album The Siren’s Song. The duo are now releasing their sixth album Carrying On, once again with the help of Tweedy’s production skills. The Canadians continue their exploration into the world of psychedelic folk and British folk revival from the ‘60s and ‘70s, adding hints of southern Appalachian music and country rock (Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Sir Douglas Quintet). There may be a lot of references to the 20 th century but with the sophisticated vocals and charming lyrics in Carrying On, this sepia-coloured album is far from old-fashioned. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Folk - Released August 18, 2017 | New West Records

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During Autumn 2016, Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum crossed paths with Jeff Tweedy. The leader of Wilco loved these two Canadians, distant cousins from Saskatchewan, so much that he invited them to his famed Chicago studio, The Loft. There, Kacy & Clayton created their fourth album produced by Tweedy. Supported by Mike Silverman on drums and Shuyler Jansen on bass, the album is denser and a lot less streamlined than its predecessors. The Siren’s Song not only combines psychedelic folk with the spirit of 60s and 70s British revival folk, but also draws inspiration from southern music from the Appalachians and country rock (Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Sir Douglas Quintet). With her voice strongly reminiscent of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane (particularly striking on the album’s opening song The Light of Day), Kacy Anderson brilliantly glorifies each song. Superb! © MD/Qobuz
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Folk - Released December 3, 2013 | Kacy & Clayton

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Folk - Released October 21, 2020 | New West Records

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Folk - Released November 20, 2015 | New West Records

After more than 50 years, it's high time Ian & Sylvia had some serious competition as Canada's greatest folk duo. And Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum are just the folks to throw down the gauntlet, even if they seem a bit shy to be challenging a beloved national institution. Between Kacy's subtle but emotionally powerful vocals and Clayton's multi-instrumental gifts, this duo has created a quietly brilliant second album with 2016's Strange Country. On this set, Kacy & Clayton have melded the rootsy overtones of vintage North American folk revival albums of the '60s with the passionate traditionalism of British folk-rock. Anderson's vocals have drawn comparisons to Sandy Denny, arguably the greatest singer of the British folk scene of the '60s and '70s. While Anderson's instrument isn't as precise as that of the Fairport Convention icon, there's a plainspoken but engagingly sweet tone to her voice that's nearly as effective as Denny's. And Linthicum may not be a guitar hero in the manner of Richard Thompson, but his picking on a variety of instruments is invariably right on the money. Linthicum and his sidemen give this music a low-key but effective atmospheric tone. And the originals he's penned with Anderson are as strong as the three traditional numbers that appear in the album's second half. (And "The Rio Grande" could pass for an outtake from Denny's 1967 album with the Strawbs, with splendid harmonies from Anderson and Linthicum.) Strange Country is that rare album that's clearly ambitious but doesn't sound overcooked. Anderson, Linthicum, and producer Shuyler Jansen have kept the performances and the audio spare enough that the music sounds natural and unforced. These recordings sound like they were cut live in the studio, and if they weren't, this album is truly a marvel of artificial spontaneity. Strange Country is a mysteriously and profoundly pleasing piece of work, and if Kacy & Clayton can create a few more albums this strong, they have the potential to be the new heroes of the North American folk community. Perhaps they should consider a cover of "Four Strong Winds" just to force the issue.... © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Folk - Released November 18, 2020 | New West Records

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Folk - Released December 3, 2020 | New West Records

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Folk - Released August 18, 2017 | New West Records

During Autumn 2016, Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum crossed paths with Jeff Tweedy. The leader of Wilco loved these two Canadians, distant cousins from Saskatchewan, so much that he invited them to his famed Chicago studio, The Loft. There, Kacy & Clayton created their fourth album produced by Tweedy. Supported by Mike Silverman on drums and Shuyler Jansen on bass, the album is denser and a lot less streamlined than its predecessors. The Siren’s Song not only combines psychedelic folk with the spirit of 60s and 70s British revival folk, but also draws inspiration from southern music from the Appalachians and country rock (Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, Sir Douglas Quintet). With her voice strongly reminiscent of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane (particularly striking on the album’s opening song The Light of Day), Kacy Anderson brilliantly glorifies each song. Superb! © MD/Qobuz
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Folk - Released May 10, 2019 | New West Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 6, 2019 | New West Records

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Folk - Released July 14, 2017 | New West Records

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Folk - Released August 9, 2019 | New West Records

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Folk - Released September 20, 2019 | New West Records

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Folk - Released July 5, 2019 | New West Records

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Folk - Released March 30, 2018 | New West Records

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Folk - Released November 4, 2020 | New West Records

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