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Fellow Travelers (Sub Pop)

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The Austin trio takes an inspired approach to the covers record, highlighting songs from past tourmates on Fellow Travelers. It’s an interesting assortment of artists, including Coldplay, Clinic, Wye Oak, St. Vincent and Folk Implosion (please pass on the number of your booking agent dudes). Singer Jonathan Meiburg has a deep, beautiful voice in the vein of Matts Berninger/Bellamy, though it drifts into Meat Loaf territory on the Xiu Xiu anti-anthem “I Luv the Valley OH!!” as Meiburg belts “I won’t rest until I’m OK/I won’t rest!” A particular treat is a guest appearance by Sharon Van Etten on Shearwater’s own “A Wake for the Minotaur” (recalling their excellent AV Club Undercover version of “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”). This is no lazy cash-grab.

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