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"The Spring EP"

Larkin Poe – The Spring EP
20 July 2010, 10:00 Written by Tiffany Daniels

This is the dredged remains of The Lovell Sisters, but their new outlet is by no means marred by family argument or trauma - eldest sister Jessica parted ways with her two siblings in 2009 to pursue a college degree and marriage, and both Megan and Rebecca continue to portray their family, loves and loss through the stories they carve into their music. They even named this project, Larkin Poe, after their great-great-great Grandfather. They obviously have a lot of respect for their gene-pool.

So, can their ancestors be proud of Generation Y? They certainly can: the Spring EP is a beautiful concoction of alt-acoustic, rock’n’roll, bluegrass, folk and Americana, with spellbinding vocals and extremely talented instrumentation. But this is not a record constructed by the girls alone: Nashville artists Daniel Kimbro, Chad Melton and Mike Seal play bass, drums and electric guitar respectively, and their hometown’s influence is clear; none of the songs are exclusively country, but the undeniable lilt is there.

The EP opens with ‘Long Hard Fall’, a surprisingly upbeat ode to walking down the wrong path, a theme which reappears throughout, notably on ‘Shadows of Ourselves’ and ‘The Principle of Silver Lining’, the latter of which has a gloriously indulgent fade-out. Elsewhere ‘We Interwine’ builds momentum and eventually flourishes to reveal itself as one of the best songs on the record, helped enormously by Rebecca and Megan’s perfect harmonisation; on ‘Burglary’ Rebecca practices a sultry growl which mirrors the undeniable strength of Tegan Quin’s chords; and ‘Fairbank, Alaska’ both epitomises and rounds their debut off nicely.

Despite an air of success and a personal love, unfortunately this EP isn’t something that will raise the hills. In fact, I very much doubt it will make waves on their local scene, much less the music industry. It simply doesn’t hold the charms and commercial acceptability needed for mainstream or widespread recognition. What it does do is demonstrate an extraordinary technical talent and duo set-up from two sisters and if – like myself – you’re privy to such a temperamental friendship, you’ll know what an achievement that is.

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