Shakey Graves: Americana, With Some Bite

by nomeatbarefeet

A friend recommended Shakey Graves to me a few months back and then, serendipitously, Katie and I were driving home and heard the tail end of “Dearly Departed.” I didn’t know who it was, but we remembered the lyrics:

You and I both know that the house is haunted
And you and I both know that the ghost is me

We looked them up when we got home and that was enough to get us hooked. Then I found the album And the War Came on Bandcamp and I’ve been listening to it on repeat. Alejandro Rose-Garcia (i.e., “Shakey Graves”) has a beautiful gravel in his voice, a sound that translates well across a diverse mix of styles. The harder “The Perfect Parts” captures the gravel as a growl; the single “Dearly Departed” offers it up in a melody with Esmé Patterson; then there is a waltz (a waltz!) called “Pansy Waltz” that is simply beautiful. In any guise, Rose-Garcia seems to take whichever style he likes and tweakß it ever so slightly to match his acoustic guitar playing. The alt-blues/alt-country/americana sound is one that fits our musical tastes nicely. The album is soothing, food stomping, stuck-in-your-head humming music and we love it.