Homespun: Dear Vincent, So Long Winter

Mar 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews Dear Vincent's EP, So Long Winter. He had this to say:

The local quartet Dear Vincent writes tightly constructed folk-rock songs that spin out with the precision and delicacy of a music box's lullaby, albeit with darker overtones. On the band's debut EP, So Long Winter, the guitar takes a back seat to a host of strings, horns and keyboards. "Epitaph" kicks off the disc with a little touch of Lifted-era Bright Eyes, with Bryan Steel's slightly bedraggled vocals giving way to light chamber-pop finery; trumpets, violin and glockenspiel flesh out the slow-burning song. The combination of well-orchestrated folk instruments (accordion, banjo) and low-key indie rock arrangements calls to mind Sea Wolf and the early work of the Decemberists, especially on the waltz-tempo "The Sailor's Song."

Read the rest here. The band's CD release party is tonight at 8 p.m. at Off Broadway. Natural Selection and Chariots are also on the bill. Tickets are $12 for those that are 21-plus; those under need to cough up $15.

MP3: Dear Vincent, "Scarecrow"