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On earlier projects band members shared the songwriting duties, but with this effort all tracks were written by guitarist Bill Taylor.

Review: The Kingsbury Manx – The Fast Rise and Fall of the South

On September 20, The Kingsbury Manx will release their fifth album, The Rise and Fall of the South on Yep Roc Records. An alternative band with strong folk influences, the band hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Fast Rise and Fall of the South takes a bit of a turn from their previous recordings. On earlier projects band members shared the songwriting duties, but with this effort all tracks were written by guitarist Bill Taylor. The result is an album that flows seamlessly and a somber, almost mournful sound.

“Harness and Wheel” opens the album with a light whimsical melody that features piano, and sets the mood for the album, quiet and reflective. The song can be heard here.

I particularly liked the tracks “10008” and “Animations” for their varied instrumental styling. (No surprise to me, they are two of the quicker tempo tracks on the CD) For an album that is stripped down musically, it is still very interesting, and the entire album is solid.

Track Listing

    Harness and Wheel
    And What Fallout!
    What A Shame
    Zero G
    10008
    Snow Angel Dance
    Greenland
    900 Years
    Ruins
    Nova
    OH NO
    Animations
    Ol’ Mountainsides

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