COUNTERCLOCK WISE, THE: Wind ‘Em Up to Shut ‘Em Down: LP

With co-ed harmonies and lightning speed licks of the banjo, Counterclock Wise delivers a consistent record of folk punk and blues. The male vocals remind me of the Pine Hill Haints and transport me to a porch in the backwoods, while “Jo Jo Song” takes it down a notch with softer female lead vocals. The result of their harmonizing sounds like X but with a banjo. The chorus of “A Ghost of Future’s Past” is a great example of that. The female vocals become eerie ghost calls invoking a spooky element like a rural graveyard at midnight. Some of the best stuff I’ve heard this year. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Arkam, myspace.com/arkamrecords)