Captain Beefheart sideman and off-her-Trolley vocalist lay their debut album on the table
Guitarist Eric Drew Feldman is something of a journeyman, having played with PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Pere Ubu and The Pixies. Laurie Hall is singer and bassist in a Californian group called Ovarian Trolley. The downer-rock they make as Knife And Fork is tangentially nourished by American roots music, as were The Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star, their nearest touchstones. A sour and doleful mood predominates, and not everyone will warm to the religiosity hinted at in some of the lyrics. But the arrangements?a steaming broth of growling guitars and vintage keyboards?offer some compensation.