[2015.01.19] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
Many of the sounds on ‘We Are Undone,’ enforce those which have been enjoyed previously from the Bay Area duo posing as Joyce’s bounders: raw garage stomps, finger-plucked bluesy Americana, singing paralleling pronounced guitar melodies, sweet folk refrains.
The playlist of this fifth album is carefully organised to stimulate at every turn, with the personalities of each song often being routed in a different style, timbre or space. Any roughness is deliberately sought from Stephens and Vogel as their long journey playing music together has rendered their thoughts and musicianship united.
Highlights include the title track; with the wind in its sails and celtic undertones, and Heartbreak; a deliciously tender love song swept up in arpeggios and glistening percussion.