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Covey, Haggarty (self-released)




Joseph Childress, Joseph Childress (Empty Cellar Records)

The problem with a lot of hipster-Americana is that it’s too weird to stomach for the most part. Anyone can deal with a little off-key scuttling of emotional baggage (not that said baggage ever actually does get offloaded, as you know, especially if a — gasp — legitimate following starts to gather), but humans do like to feel at least a little in-control, a sense you don’t always get from alt-folk played by guys who think the world owes them rapt attention just because they survived a few years in a loft in Queens. All that being said, this is the exact opposite, a feather-light set of tunes that evoke the real life he’s lived, working on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, riding trains and living out of his car. Childress deserves to be on your radar if you like heartfelt, honey-sweet twee-Americana; his vibe is mousy but refreshingly honest, his voice a cross between Neil Young and Sufjan Stevens but volume set to 2. Best of luck to this guy. A+ — Eric W. Saeger




CD Reviews: October 5, 2017


09/28/17
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Covey, Haggarty (self-released)

Debut album from current Boston resident Tom Freeman’s one-man DIY operation, which has amassed 2 million Spotify plays for the single “Comes and Goes.” That song isn’t on this one, but this is more of a next-level achievement for him anyway, an extension of the raw, unplugged folk that marked his initial artistic endeavors. The takeaway you’ll most likely end up with after sampling this stuff is stark, no-frills Wilco teamed with Bon Iver, if you want some sort of popular references; it’s casually strummy, borderline lo-fi, with Freeman’s adenoidal tenor lighting the way through tunnels of loneliness and disorientation. Not a folkie record per se, surely, and, getting back to the aforementioned single, that’s more a jangle-rockout with Dandy Warhols-level hooks. Some genius-level catchiness here. A+ 





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