Review by Kristine Volvsek
“Come to The Wild with Me”
There has been a lot of buzz about The Ericksons lately. For example, as I’m writing this, The Ericksons’ ‘Gone Blind’ is The Current’s ‘Song of the Day’ and I just heard “The Wild” on RadioK. Originally from La Crosse, WI, the sister-duo of Bethany Valentini and Jenny Kochsiek moved to Brooklyn for a few years before settling in the Twin Cities. January 17 marked their second EP release.
“No, it’s not easy”
The band is named after Valentini’s late first husband, who was the first person to encourage the sisters’ musical careers. Essentially, the name is an homage to the person who inspired their music. It’s the subtly pervasive darkness and beautiful harmonies that really stand out for me in this album. You can sense the sisters’ relationship and closeness in how they harmonize with one another. Heart-breaking, and sometimes heart-warming harmonies form the base of their “haunting folk” sound. I love the guitar in ‘Gone Blind.’ It really accentuates The Ericksons’ vocal sound. ‘Six Feet Underground’ represents a letting-go of sorts; a gentle, healthy purge. This is one of those songs you feel on a primordial-gut-level. I get a sense that as difficult as it may seem, they will carry on.
“No, it won’t be pretty”
Though at first, I thought the rhyming in ‘Turtle Dove’ was kind of cheesy, I generally think it is quite cute. In the same vein, even though there really is no other logical place to put a song called “Tail Lights” other than the end, this also has a little cheesy aftertaste. Overall, I feel this album has some catchy, melodic repetition; it’s easy to fall into its groove. However, lyrical repetition has its place and every song doesn’t need to use it so much – personally, I prefer less repetitive lyrics. The impressive imagery in “Dirty Dishes” transports you directly into the kitchen. In this song, I think the repetition is effective. It demonstrates something burning in the brain – thoughts intertwined with feelings one cannot escape.
“And you wait for the sun to rise again”
The more I get to know about The Ericksons and the more I listen to this EP, the more I like it and respect where it is coming from. I recently heard The Ericksons on The Current’s Local Show as they announced their participation in Local Current Live on February 28 with Prissy Clerks and Greg Grease. I am intrigued because of the variety of genres being represented together. No doubt it will be a show to remember.
Get “The Wild” here: http://theericksons.bandcamp.com/
Local Current Live
Thursday, February 28
At the Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Doors at 6pm
7pm — Prissy Clerks
8pm — The Ericksons
9pm — Greg Grease
Free, 18+, standing-room show
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