Review: Deadwood Floats – Provence EP

Even if folk music doesn’t float your boat, you might want to check out a little EP that is being released this week.  Columbus’ own Deadwood Floats has quickly made a name for themselves in the Ohio State college scene and beyond, playing shows everywhere from Skully’s Music Diner to the Newport Music Hall.  They have developed a strong reputation of versatility, having played a mix of originals and covers of artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens to Radiohead.  Does the Provence EP live up to this reputation?  The answer is a resounding yes.

Deadwood Floats is a quintet that has been given descriptions ranging from “indie folk rock” to “operatic folk.”  A definite Fleet Foxes vibe is present throughout much of their music, and the same rings true on the Provence EP.

The EP begins with “About a Man,” a track that meanders along, taking its time to get to the vocals but without being overindulgent.  The short but sweet “Amina” follows, prominently featuring some electric guitar with folk-stylings, giving off a vague Radiohead vibe before seguing into a peppy tune with violin and harmonizing aplenty. “Between Two Summers” is a more melancholy tune that will fit well into the upcoming Autumn season.  “Fellow Hollow” improves the mood of the EP once more with a cheery ukelele intro.  The final track, “Denmark,” is reminiscent of The Welcome Wagon (the project of pastor Vito Aiuto and his wife, good friends of Sufjan Stevens) with its stripped down male and female dual vocals.

The EP is downloadable at a price you choose at the band’s Bandcamp profile.  You can stream the whole thing there as well, so really unless you cannot stand folk music this band deserves checking out.  The production and mixing is crisp and clear, so you don’t have to worry about any amatuerish sounding recordings here.

Deadwood Floats is Luke Fleeman on percussion, Katie Kramer on violin and vocals, Drew Williams on piano, ukelele and vocals; Adam Schutz on guitar and banjo, and Tommy Williams on acoustic guitar.  For more information on the band, including tumblr profiles, guest musicians, and tour dates, check out their Facebook page.

This article was originally published in Ryan’s “Columbus Indie Rock Examiner” column, which can be viewed here.

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Rating: 6.9/10

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