16 HORSEPOWER: Secret South: CD

These guys are Denver darlings in the music scene out there and for good reason. If you haven’t heard them, it’s easy to throw out labels such as goth country, but it’s truly a sound you have to experience. This album starts out fast and rockin’ with “Clogger.” But then things begin to slow down as 16 Horsepower taps into their more visceral and atmospheric musical prowess. It’s not uncommon for various string instruments from banjo to violin to tastefully grace a tune. Even the electric guitars sound organic and natural in the fog of 16 Horsepower’s sound. This is an album worth getting only if you’re willing to invest the time to sit down and appreciate the art that it is. This is not background music.

 –N.L. Dewart (Alternative Tentacles)