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A Diamond as Big as the Motel 6

by The Foghorns

Written in the three years after returning to the US from Iceland, this is 10 stories and songs in the key of Ray Carver sung with loose harmonies and lugubrious guitars and organ.
Genre: Folk: Anti-Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rose
2:21 $0.99
2. Old Bachelors in Cleveland
2:39 $0.99
3. North Dakota
3:12 $0.99
4. 80 Proof
5:13 $0.99
5. Not Every Horse
3:19 $0.99
6. Brooklyn Bridge
2:37 $0.99
7. Get Out the Shovel
2:33 $0.99
8. I Hope I Never Do You Wrong
4:33 $0.99
9. Sleepy Waltz
3:37 $0.99
10. Red Raccoon
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Here's a review from Glasgow site Bluesbunny.
There are albums you just can't dislike and this is one of them. The Foghorns hail from Seattle (via Iceland apparently) and they do the alt-folk thing in a very convincing manner. The sound quality is not great, the production is a concept rather than a reality but this album works nonetheless.

It works because it is an honest album. The songs are straightforward without musical twists or turns. Come to think of it, they are disarmingly simple. Take "Brooklyn Bridge" as an example. It's a playful drinking song on the surface but it masks its true nature through humour. Life's trivialities polished up and delivered to us like a takeaway pizza, so to speak. The fragile harmonies - from Brad and Katie methinks - on "Old Bachelors in Cleveland" show the tasteful understatement that I speak of. If you need a comparison then The Foghorns ar a bit like Jonathan Richman really - straightforward and quirky all at the same time.
I loved this album almost as much as I love Liz Fuller's bosoms launching themselves at the camera on Quiz Call. False eyelashes are so the way to go. Did that make sense? Probably not.

Just get this album. It's about 45 degrees away from the mainstream but there is so much pleasure to be taken in its simple charms. (http://www.bluesbunny.com/tabid/122/xmmid/474/xmid/1728/xmview/2/default.aspx)

This is what Neil Cooper of Edinburgh's The List had to say about The Foghorns:
The Foghorns - Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Wed 5 Aug 2009

There’s something dark at the melancholy heart of lead Foghorn Bart Cameron’s country-tinged missives of loves past, present and possible. On a low-key two-date Scottish stopover in a stripped-back duo format, some-time Reykjavik resident Cameron’s downbeat demeanour is offset by the honeyed counterpoint of co-vocalist Katie Quigley in a short set of gentle heartbreak. Standing side by side, Cameron in vintage suit, Quigley swaying with hands in print frock pockets, and with only their voices and an acoustic guitar for company, a doleful harmonica sets the tone, with most songs drawn from this year’s Beefy Beefy Records release, ‘A Diamond As Big As The Motel Six.’

Cameron’s milieu is old-time booze-soaked laments deep-fried with dust-bowl languor. The delivery is as contrary to the band name as possible, with only the throwaway rites-of-passage boogie of ‘Brooklyn Bridge,’ when the're joined by Iceland's own Benni Hemm Hemm on drums, coming close to bottle-smashing clatter. Cynicism and idealism step out together on ‘Old Bachelors in Cleveland,’ a gentle sneer at aging singletons

once the narrator’s own true love has come calling. This was presumably written before the adulterous smooch of ‘Sleepy Waltz,’ which, like a Raymond Carver miniature set to a slowed-down n’ woozy melody from The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Sticking With You’, shuffles through its after-hours liaison with a set of conflicting emotions that are as bittersweet as they are unrepentant in a swoonalong song worth staying out late for.

And this is what The Reykjavik Grapevine said:
Sometimes you just want to kick back with a beer and listen to some high quality tunes without all the bullshit. The Foghorns have it covered with their folky jams. The band – a beloved mainstay on the Reykjavík scene a couple of years back, until they relocated to the US of A – are making their return to Reykjavik to celebrate the release of their fifth album, A Diamond As Big As the Motel 6, written and recorded in the American Northwest. The Foghorns are a tried and tested live band, their melodies are sweet and the accompanying lyrics (by former Grapevine editor-slash-legend Bart Cameron) make the mix one not to be missed.
Also performing at the show is the one and only Benni Hemm Hemm, who has long since ensured his status as one of Iceland’s favourite musicians. The show will be held at Grand Rokk, July 29th, at 9 p.m. Sit back and enjoy the music – this night is not to be missed.



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A Diamond as Big as the Motel 6
It's start a little slow, with Rose, but the following songs really set the tone of the work, Old Bachelors and North Dakota. The writing style is more prose than poetry and says a lot about the world it creates without too many details. There are some songs that feel a bit far away, Get Out The Shovel in particular. And then there are some songs that don't. This is a good album that deserves some recognition.