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Album review: Lookout Tower – First Class Raft

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Cape Breton band Lookout Tower has only been a thing for about two years, but this is already their third album, and that frenetic pace of creation seems to have done wonders for their sound.

Notwithstanding their roots in the great Canadian hotbed of Celtic music, that sound is actually a rather unique take on southern roots, which mixes in vintage soul, blues, old-time and Americana.

The opening track, “Dust Jacket,” is cinematic, soulful country blues complete with jazzy horns in the background.

It transitions to the tender southern folk song “Yearning Ways,” with its banjo, guitar and percussion accompaniment and vocals right up front in the mix.

“Ice Cold Swamp Water” is a raw, up-tempo roots rocker featuring loose three-part harmonies.

“Broken Bottles and Broken Dreams” is upbeat but swampy blues.

“Leave Your Mind” evokes acts like The Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

And “Catfish, Deep Fried” is Canjun-infused blues.

I’d never heard of Lookout Tower before their new album turned up in the mailbox, but they were the most interesting thing I listened to this week. They’re a band I’ll be keeping an eye on from here on in.

This new album, First Class Raft, is out on May 17.

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