Songs EP (2005, I
Athens, Georgia and Austin, Texas had a drunken love affair it might
sound something like The Casting Couch. The band's self-described
indie rock meets alt-country sound is reminiscent of bands like
Wilco and The Jayhawks, and The Sixth Great Lake, an Elephant 6
band who also married the indie pop sound with country and folk.
'The Roof' starts the record and reminds me a bit of the Gram Parsons
classic 'Sin City'. There's the similar slow tempo and drawn-sounding
vocals as well as an accordion and sweet-sounding bells that sound
like hints of some of the band members' E6 connections. The similarly
styled 'Flying Machine' also blends the group's country and pop
influences and matches them with honest and inviting female vocals.
'Copper Girl' is more upbeat and seems more suitable for college
radio, while 'Easy to Fall' is a lazy piano-driven piece that's
not as interesting and runs a little too long. My favorite tracks
is the closing 'Whiskey Skiffle', a honky tonk lament about a broken
relationship, that manages to be simultaneously funny and depressing.
Complete with a group sing-a-long chorus, it would serve as a nice
soundtrack to taking shots to drown your sorrow or for nursing a
hangover the following morning. There are a few dull moments on
this EP that might not make it perfect, but overall The Casting
Couch would fit nicely in your alt-country collection.