When it comes to Cat Clyde, I am officially all out of superlatives, but I’m going to have to find some to discuss her new project with fellow old-soul Jeremie Albino.
Clyde and Albino met in 2018 and quickly realized they needed to collaborate. Clyde has released two outstanding solo albums and one with her other band The Shitbats, while Albino released his debut ‘Hard Time‘ in 2019. On ‘Blue Blue Blue‘ the duo flip through their record collections and cover tracks from luminaries like Willie McTell, A.P. Carter, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie along with two original tracks. This kind of music gives people life. It’s like oxygen, you need to hear it every so often no matter what you are into.
These two natural talents are not mere revivalists, and even though both young artists have a knack for conjuring the past through music, here they breathe new life into storied tracks like ‘Hello Stranger‘, ‘Pastures Of Plenty‘, and the much-covered ‘What Am I Living For‘. Throughout, Clyde’s nuanced voice melts effortlessly into Albino’s smooth tenor throughout the record with a chemistry that is almost divine will. Comparisons to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings come to mind.
‘Blue Blue Blue‘ goes down like a mint julep on a hot and humid summer day. Here’s hoping this collaboration isn’t a one-off.