Misty and downtrodden are some words to describe the seafaring Port O'Brien
, who find no shelter from stormy seas on their third LP, Threadbare
. Frontman Van Pierszalowski is a master of perturbed isolation and loneliness in his songs, and here he keeps to the traditions of previous recordings, perhaps retroactively so. This is a band that specializes in a creating a specific environment with their shanties, (I like to call it 'optimistic misery'), and this record succeeds in creating a more ambivalent flux of emotion.
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