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Rollaway

The Return of the Lonesome Patchwork Pulpit, and Sundry Other Tales From the Rainbow’s End

Independent

Review By Nathan Pike


Rollaway
Rollaway

There is a divide for me with this album, the fourth from Vancouver transplants Rollaway. Part of me really enjoyed this music, a light quirky play on folk/country that reminded me of the Buttless Chaps. Singer Benton Roark adopts a nasally, syrupy country voice that taps into Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline croon and a touch of Neko Case, if she were a dude with less range. At times it’s fitting to the music and at other times it just falls flat—especially when the music itself is of such quality listening. But to be fair, the album is really good and despite a near stumble out of the gate in the first song or two, The Return of the Lonesome Coyote Patchwork Pulpit, and Sundry Other Tales From the Rainbow’s End does a decent job of pulling me in with some seriously pretty guitar work and well written songs that create little ripples in the places where I feel my emotions. “Paperhat Loveboat” is one of a few songs that fit Roark’s and shaker/vocalist Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud’s vocal interplay perfectly, while “Northern Star” sounds like it might have been born in a basement sometime in the mid ’70s, with its fancy-free, woodsy sort of folk feel. There is a dirty-southern-gothic-rock-country-folk thing going on with this music, which was hard for me to get into. Part of me wanted to pass it off as “not being my thing” but the musicianship and lyrical quality is just too good to deny.