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1. Heaven is a Drag 2. In the Parlor 3. Lack of Fight 4. Light Fails 5. Speak Warrmly
Delusions of Adequacy – Tabol’s gift for intriguingly arcane language and beatifically brittle musical arrangements confidently establishes Pree’s distinctive life-force across this too-short collection. From the shimmying electro-acoustic “Heaven Is A Drag,” through the rustic back-porch-located “In The Parlor,” via the ornate baroque of “Lack Of Fight,” inside the lovely piano-led “Light Fails” and over to the twinkling glockenspiel-framed “Speak Warmly,” A Chopping Block is laced with delightfully rich details ripe for repeat personal-playlist picking.
NPR – Tabol’s vocals are hearty, rich, and comforting… Many voices color A Chopping Block, but their stories all seem to contain an otherworldly third party: ghosts. Though the presence of these spirits is somewhat unsettling, oddly enough, they seem to be a normal part of everyday life for these characters. Occasionally, strange sounds—like the creak of a gate door closing in “Light Fails”—turn up on A Chopping Block, as if the ghosts Tabol sings of are present not just in the minds of her narrators but on the EP, itself.
Song, by Toad – Toadcast #60 – “f-cking gorgeus”
Washington Post – a cross between Joanna Newsom and Modest Mouse — full of that warm, intimate twang perfect for this time of year.