Will Oldham-influenced alt.country from Brooklyn

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Jason Merritt’s quavery, tragic voice and his band’s parched, downbeat tone make Will Oldham the obvious reference point. But a wider palette of rustic despair is eventually painted in by these unlikely country converts from New York.

Like fellow NYC yokels The Boggs, they’ve obviously heard The Band, and the arcane Americana they in turn drew on, So while Merritt’s desolate lyrics never quite double as deadpan hilarity


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Jack Cooper of Modern Nature’s fresh perspective on life and music: “I’m after openness and expansiveness now”

Zookeeper, garage-rock avatar, avant-garde explorer… Jack Cooper had already travelled long distances before he left the city for the right kind of quiet. But while this move has given Cooper fresh perspective, what does it mean for his band, Modern Nature?