The Bucket list Music review
by Angie Radczenko
The imagery conveyed Christian DeArmond and Helena Berlin’s three-song album made it tough to write a review instead of a story, even before I hit play on Rogues & Blushing Virgins. The description of the album intrigued me. “Three songs about swindlers, supplicants, and the bad blood between them. It’s troubled folklore… Americana in a foul mood.” Troubled folklore, I dig that.
The first song, “Dive,” hypnotised me within seconds. DeArmond’s spoken words came in with a sense of doom punctuated by piano touches and my voice fetish approved big time. I couldn’t help but get a Leonard Cohen vibe off this track. Enter Helena’s beautiful haunting backing vocals, and this track gave me chills, over and over. When some guitar hit around the two-minute mark, it was the perfect shred of dread that brought this song to a close soon after. It’s safe to say I loved this song, yep.
Next up was “Dark Day Darling,” and it had a lighter sound to it. However, with lyrics like, “Saw her drawing blood from the ground. She buried her misery down and down,” and each drum pound and guitar whine turning the tone into gloom, I was happy that the darkness was still there. I’m going to hazard a guess that Nick Cave was an influence because the track gave me the same dark comfort his music does. Not to mention, DeArmond’s voice in this track makes me liken to Cave as well.
The final song, “Jericho River,” had a more upbeat sound with a touch of rockabilly, but, again, that dark vibe shone throughout. An excellent guitar break came in at around a minute and forty-seconds, and I loved the little “yeaaa” just before it did. Dunno why, but I did. I just love the little things. The track was catchy, and made this album a three-for-three in my books!