Like a straighter American cousin to C.W. Stoneking’s more esoteric old-timey sound, Pokey LaFarge blends all manner of traditional musical forms – from jazz and swing to folk, country, doo-wop and mariachi. It’s all woven together in LaFarge’s authentic style on this, his most realised album to date. With a band that he’s been playing live with for a while now he’s created a tapestry that allows space and light into the dusty nostalgic corners as he sings primarily about affairs of the heart. No surprise there but the real joy lies in the blend of styles, hummable melodies and LaFarge’s older-than-his-years voice.
this review was first published in The Music