Fri April 26, 2024

Son of the Velvet Rat 'Ghost Ranch' (A)

Heike Binder: keyboards, accordion, drums
Georg Altziebler: guitar, vocals

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"The slow burn noir-folk of this Austrian group feels like reading a great short story. Son of the Velvet Rat stokes the lurking passion that I have for voices with almost superhuman amounts of character. Altziebler's voice takes lead, sounding like a cross between Dylan, Tom Waits, and a dry lakebed. This is a voice that takes on the cadence and the patient proselytizing of folks like Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lambchop, Townes Van Zandt, Waits, and even Joni Mitchell, at times (as on "Blood Red Shoes") —WEEKLY VOLCANO, Rev. Adam McKinney

"...charged with emotion and primed to deliver a heady mix of haunting lyrics, smooth-as-silk melodies, aching vocals and poetry." —FOLKWORDS, Tom Franks (GB)— [1/17/2017]

"Haunting and soulful"—FOLKRADIO UK, Mike Davies

" Mesmerizing!" —MAGNET MAGAZINE (US)

" The use of Irish folk, baroque rock and desert Americana only serve to further separate this from anything else you’ve heard before.” —TAKE EFFECT, Tom Haugen (US)

"Grizzled, aching and enigmatically poetic Folk Rock!” —THE ROCKING MAGPIE, Alan Harrison (UK)

"There’s substance, originality, & cleverness at work here. I admire how these people take something that already exists traditionally & reinterpret it with their own ingredients to create something truly effective that resonates. This record is straight whiskey. Tom Waits would be proud." —AMERICANA HIGHWAYS, John Apice (US)

"... a mature zone of eclectic bliss." —THE ALTERNATE ROOT, Danny McCloskey (US)

"The low-density backing sound means Altziebler’s bone-dry, brittle voice doesn’t get pushed out the spotlight, which is a good thing, considering the number of powerful, sharp-edged observations – social and emotional – and word-plays you’d be missing otherwise." —AMERICANA UK, Alasdair Fotheringham (UK)