I’ve been listening to The Long Surrender by Over The Rhine quite a lot these past few days, and that’s all thanks to MusicFog, a channel on Youtube filled with brilliant live recordings of various Americana artists. It’s not the first very nice thing I’ve found on their channel, and I strongly suggest you check it out. Before I ruin the surprise by telling you what kind of music it is (oh wait, I already did), here’s probably my favorite song from the album (and the live version on MusicFog is over here):
I could go on and talk about the gospel influences, the perfect balance between Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who sing, play instruments on the album and also happen to be married on… the life. I could continue with some other terrible sentences about the universe, music and such, but I don’t like to ramble on. Instead, I’d rather point you to their song Bluebird which is pretty breathtaking, as well as The King Knows How, the two tracks which stand out the most on the album for me. Oh man, I almost forgot! Soon! Soon is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time! Go listen to it, there’s even an awesome amateur clip featuring (seemingly) real monks on Youtube!