Folk/pop

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

When We Fall All Our Exes Live in Texas ABC/UMA Any no­tion that Syd­ney’s All Our Exes Live in Texas was just some nov­elty act thrown to­gether by four like-minded singer-song­writ­ers to fat­ten up their gig cal­en­dars is roy­ally de­stroyed by the qual­ity of their de­but al­bum. Elana Stone (ac­cor­dion), Katie Wighton (gui­tar), Han­nah Crofts (ukulele) and Ge­or­gia Mooney (man­dolin) all had solo ca­reers be­fore join­ing forces three years ago. In so do­ing — and in some cases by tak­ing up new in­stru­ments — the quar­tet has forged a sound and chem­istry matched by smart song­writ­ing that has cre­ated an ir­re­sistible folk-pop hy­brid. It’s a style that will be recog­nised by fans of Swedish duo First Aid Kit and in­deed there are a few songs here, in par­tic­u­lar Wighton’s Bound­ary Road, that could slot into FAK’s setlist, but the dif­fer­ence here is that there are four equally com­pelling voices at work, in­di­vid­u­ally and to­gether, rather than just two. That’s true of the song­writ­ing as well. Each of the singers con­trib­utes three songs to When We Fall, a demo­cratic ap­proach that de­liv­ers har­mony and va­ri­ety in equal mea­sure. The tight har­monies and un­der­pin­ning stomp of the open­ing The Devil’s Part (Crofts) sets a joy­ful vo­cal tone that is never far away on the re­main­ing 11 songs. Other high­lights in­clude Stone’s waltzy lament I’m Gonna Get My Heart Cut Out, Mooney’s equally mourn­ful When the Sun Comes Up and the pre­vi­ously re­leased Tell Me and Sail­boat, but really ev­ery­thing here is a de­light.

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