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O Love

by Ernest Troost

If the Carter family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together, they might sound like this.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Old Screen Door
4:47 $0.99
2. Pray Real Hard
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3. O Love
3:51 $0.99
4. Close
4:36 $0.99
5. Harlan County Boys
4:43 $0.99
6. The Last to Leave
4:19 $0.99
7. Weary Traveler
4:25 $0.99
8. I'll Be Home Soon
4:10 $0.99
9. Storm Comin'
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10. Bitter Wind
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11. When It's Gone
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12. All I Ever Wanted
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13. The Last Lullaby
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Album Notes
O LOVE ★★★★★
Maverick Magazine, UK

The first point to make is that this man writes some quite beautiful songs there are 13 new ones here and some of them so good that I was thinking that it has to be a Haggard, Carter family or Richard Thompson composition. But there again US west coast native Troost has been around a long time, he started out writing for Judy Collins and is now in constant demand and won Emmy’s for film scores and television work. He is a good singer and expert guitar player too, so no real surprise that this is a definite ‘go to’ album for Americana fans.

As the title track implies Troost has turned his attention here to love songs opening up with a rockin’ 'Old Screen Door' with a lyric telling of a violent, broken marriage and the father’s efforts to maintain a relationship with his son. It doesn’t take too long for the mood to quiet down with the intense 'Pray Real Hard' up second and then the title track, which has a spiritual feel and is the first of several noticeable gorgeous harmony vocals from Nicole Gordon. 'Close' is a song about the need for personal space and then comes a real stand out, the old style country of 'Harlan County Boys' and if I had been woken up in the middle of the night I would have sworn that I was listening to Townes Van Zandt, who was of course Americana before the genre existed, 'Harlan County Boys' is quite brilliant.

The sparkle doesn’t fade 'The Last To Leave' is a tale of innocence ‘always to believe, always the last to leave’ and 'I’ll Be Home Soon', 'All I Ever Wanted' and the 'Last Lullaby' are self explanatory but the songs totally lack the sentimentality usually attached to such a titles. The other track to be elevated to the must listen/don’t miss category is the worldly wise 'When It’s Gone', the eternal triangle ‘she walked right in like original sin’ closely followed by ‘never overlook the good you have for what might be’. Is our man speaking of personal experience? Probably, but he is decent enough to try and prevent others following the same destructive path. Ernest Troost is not main stream Americana but this album is as good as anything else out there.
--Paul Collins, Maverick Magazine, UK

Hauntingly Intense Americana Tunesmithing from Ernest Troost O Love
Ernest Troost is a brilliant Americana songwriter. Doesn’t he have the perfect name for one? Consider: Ernest Troost in skintight leather and spike bracelets, raising his Flying V guitar to the sky with a foot up on the monitor in the haze of the smoke machine? Nope. Ernest Troost remixed by celebrity DJ eUnUcH? Uh uh. But Ernest Troost making pensive, sometimes snarling, Steve Earle-ish, lyrically-driven Americana rock with inspired playing and smartly judicious arrangements? That’s the ticket. Troost’s latest album, prosaically titled O Love, is streaming at his Soundcloud page. He doesn’t have any New York shows coming up, but folks outside the area can catch him in Ridgefield, Connecticut on April 27 at Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable St.
Troost sets his aphoristic wordsmithing to a tightly orchestrated interweave of acoustic and electric guitars over a purist, understated rhythm section. The opening track, Pray Real Hard evokes Dylan’s Buckets of Rain, but with better guitar, a hard-times anthem where “you got to sleep on the floor ’cause that’s the only bed you made.” The ballad All I Ever Wanted adds psychedelic imagery over its country sway. Close, with its nimble acoustic fingerpicking and Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era sonics, has as much truth about why some relationships actually manage to work as it does an element of caution for clingy people. “All this room you give me makes us close,” Troost drawls: he could be talking to a woman, or to the Texas sky, but either way it makes an awful lot of sense.
The album’s shuffling, delta blues-tinged title track has a visceral ache: “Oh love left me a broken hollow frame, I do not feel a thing but I cannot bear the pain,” Troost intones. With its circling mandolin and intricate acoustic guitar interplay, Harlan County Boys builds a gloomy noir mining country folk tableau. Bitter Wind broodingly weighs the possibility of being able to escape the past, and also the danger of getting what you wished for. The Last Lullaby is a gently nocturnal elegy, while Storm Coming has a bluesy intensity and paranoid wrath to match anything Pink Floyd ever recorded, even if it doesn’t sound the slightest thing like that band.
Troost’s snaky, ever-present acoustic lead guitar line on the stark, oldschool folk-flavored When It’s Gone is the kindof device more artists should use. The Last to Leave waltzes from an oldtime C&W intro to lush countrypolitan sonics, a vividly sardonic, metaphorically-charged after-the-party scenario. The album’s best song is the wailing, electrifying murder ballad Old Screen Door: Troost’s genius with this one is that the only images he lets you see are incidental to what was obviously a grisly crime, “lightning bugs floating through a haze of gasoline” and so forth. It’s one of the best songs in any style released in recent months, a sort of teens update on the Walkabouts’ Pacific Northwest gothic classic Firetrap. Slide guitar fuels the upbeat, anthemically triumphant Weary Traveler, while I’ll Be Home Soon ends the album on an unexpectedly balmy, optimistic note. Fans of Steve Earle, James McMurtry, Jeffrey Foucault and the rest of that crew will find an awful lot to like in Troost’s brooding, intense songcraft.
--Delarue, New York Music Daily

“Wow. I think this folkie just reinvented Americana and it feels like it must have felt when Dylan went electric at Newport. Always a winner on his past releases, Troost turns it up so much here that the measuring stick doesn’t go that high. Embroidering his new rock attack with dark edges, there’s still folk and Piedmont running through his veins and sound but he isn’t content to stay where he was when he can run on such high octane. Lyrically, he’s going to knock you flat with one punch. Killer stuff throughout, this is the work of an undeniable talent taking it to the next level of the game. You just might not hear Americana the same way again after you take a byte of this. Easily one of the best ‘folk’ albums to come out this year. . . . Check it out.”
--Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"I hope you sell a million copies. It’s a great CD. Anyone who loves good music
should have a copy."
--Roz Larman, host & producer of FolkScene

Award-winning singer/songwriter Ernest Troost has a new one, ``O Love'' and it's on his own Travelin' Shoes Records. There's not a better folksinger out there than Troost - he writes great songs with clever lyrics, plenty of hooks and he's an astute guitar player - what else is there? Just this - Troost has a swell voice as well. Although he doesn't have to, sometimes he rocks as on ``Old Screen Door'' and especially on ``Weary Traveler.'' The snaky guitar work on ``Storm Comin,'' which
could be the Three Little Pigs' theme song, but in any case, will live in your head daze. You can't play this album too many times and you'll be continually amazed with what a lot can be done with such modest trappings. Oh, and lucky us - Troost and John Zipperer (he's good, too) will share a bill at the T.O. Library on 1 March. We all should go. Trust me this time.
--Bill Locey, Ventura County Star

"It can be a tricky business when a singer/songwriter decides he or she needs to be produced and teams up with other musicians. Sometimes hot players, brought in as ringers, can overshadow both songwriter and song. Then there are cases when added instrumentation simply gets in the way. Regardless, the question that must always be asked is, "Is all this extra stuff necessary and in service to the song?" Fortunately, blues guitarist/songwriter Ernest Troost, who has no problem filling up a stage all by his lonesome, incorporates the best of all worlds into his latest
"With "Old Screen Door," Troost opens with an affecting guitar lick and vocal that could easily carry the entire piece on its own. In less than a minute, however, the song is propelled by electric guitars and a driving rhythm section that would make Dave Alvin proud. "Pray Real Hard," with a feel for Dylan's "Buckets of Rain," follows and takes a completely different track, incorporating acoustic guitars, mandolin and light drums and percussion. But it is the title song that best exemplifies what Troost has so successfully accomplished. Again, after singing the first verse as a solo, the mood quickly changes with the addition of a folk-driven rhythm section giving the song a bright new feel. This is also where we are treated to the first of many stellar harmony vocals by Nicole Gordon, who not only has a feel for these tunes but for singing with Troost as well.

Part storyteller, part bluesman, Troost has given us a work that not only has variety, but also 13 stirring song portraits, each one artfully crafted in a way that is always in service to the song."
--Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly

“Troost takes “Harlan County Boys” slower and more delicately. . . . making the song an intimate family portrait, economical but rich in its evocation of place and character, and one that ranks alongside the likes of Richard Shindell’s “Reunion Hill” as a contemporary folk classic that's at once specific in its detail and yet timeless and universal in its evocation of loss and endurance. In sum, an honest, humane and ultimately heart-warming record from a fine artist.”
--Alex Ramon, Boycotting Trends, UK

“Any songwriter will tell you that if you want people to listen to your work, you need to grab their attention. Ernest Troost knows this, which is why the first song on his new album, O Love, starts out, “There was blood on the handrail and some on the floor.” Who’s not going to keep listening after that? “Old Screen Door” . . . delivers the goods – a narrative of violence in which the details aren’t completely clear but the horror is. Troost fuels this rural gothic tale with vivid images – snakes, rats, fire and blood. “ --Paul T. Mueller, Sun209

“Close” is an open-aired and beautifully realized love song, a reminder of how love blossoms with freedom and grace.
--Terry Roland, No Depression

“That his songs convince immediately is also because of his vocals, which are flawless, natural and emotional at the same time. He makes regret and longing audible without having to use those words.”
--Ruud Heijjer, Kippenvel



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