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  • New Petal Instants [Arrowhawk, 2020] B+

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New Petal Instants [Arrowhawk, 2020]
Call yourself a Labor Union and get my attention--Judas Labor Union, Butthole Labor Union, Peter Bjorn & Labor Union, Labor Union Iver, Labor Union Bridgers I'll give you a shot. That's why I kept digging for hooks in the unhurried rock mesh of this Georgia guitar band's earlier albums. So when I found one instantly in the riff that anchors the opening "Lasso," naturally I made it my business to get my mind around words that have left me impressed if not converted by what proves a variant of pastoral mysticism: "Pay back your debt when death lends you a token/Or the promise you made to live is broken," "Very new petal instant becomes a cosmos." I'll be an urbanist till I die, but that doesn't mean I'll turn down the occasional walk in the woods. Committed to the primacy of life alive, these are the kind of allies every city boy can use. B+