The Sadies 

New Seasons

Canada's the Sadies are the Byrds of our time — not that they sound like the legendary 1960s folk-rock watershed combo, but rather they are like the Byrds. The Sadies do now as the Byrds did then — weave strands of Anglo-American folk, country, pop, and psychedelia into a tapestry that is truly their own. Like their winged forefathers, the Sadies have very distinctive vocal harmonies. The singer-guitarists Dallas and Travis Good possess the classic "genetic" brother harmony (i.e., Everly and Louvin Brothers) quality — roots-y, rustic, and bittersweet. Sadies' songs have a curiously, entrancingly timeless vibe — the plaintive "Anna Leigh" and the galloping "The Trial" sound as if they could've been sung on a 19th-century cattle drive or in a coffeehouse in the '50s (or even on an early-'60s Marty Robbins album). "My Heart of Wood" features a hazy guitar tone that shimmers like a beautiful mirage (and like Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd). With its weary, just-woke-up harmonies, "Never Again" is a ringer for the Grateful Dead in their country-ish Workingman's Dead/American Beauty period until the maximum-twang six-string solo. Appropriately enough, New Seasons was co-produced by the Jayhawks' Gary Louris (though, to be sure, it sounds nothing like the 'hawks). The only thing amiss with Seasons is its too-short (36 minutes, jeez) playing time.

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