On Furr, there’s a ramshackle revolution to standout tunes such as the South San Gabriel-ish title track, an acoustic mountain allegory about shapeshifting and faith. Conviction and belief, or the loss of both, turns through many songs.
There’s a degree of relentless prophecy that fuels fuzzy apocalyptic rocker “Fire and Fast Bullets.” Poetic “Stolen Shoes and a Rifle” (concerning inevitability) and symbolist “Lady on the Water” (which pours forth fundamentalist iconography) tip to the Band’s evocative Americana experience. The record’s finest acoustic outing is the Shins-like homicide ballad, “Black River Killer,” a first-person murder narrative regarding the thin knife edge that separates sin and salvation.
Furr is currently available.