One of my favorite labels has just awoken from a long winters hibernation with not one but three releases slated for early summer of 2006. I could write about all three such is the quality of music put out by undertow records. But I think I’ll just write about The Cush. Some say they’re the bestband in Burlington, Vt. which seems like no great achievement. Lets up the ante and say they’re the best band in the upper Northeast.
Cush’s foundation is the husband/wife team of Gabrielle and Burette Douglas but as you can see from the photo the band is expanded to 5 or six people to fill out the sound. And on New Appreciation For Sunshine it sounds like that’s just what they’ve done. “Small Town Movie” is filled with a warm analog layer of feedback, reverb and hiss. On top of that the band layers in fuzzy guitar, ethereal vocals and just the right about of psychadelic americana. Pre-order here.
Double Bonus: The first song has been released from the upcoming Bloodshot record Zoysia from the Bottle Rockets. I’ve lost touch a bit with this group over the years but “Mountain to Climb” sounds like vintage Bottle Rockets.