"Shakey Graves" is the stage name for Alejandro Rose-Garcia, an Austin based visionary/hipster/wildman, depending on the day of the week, who's getting ready to release his second album, And The War Came on Dualtone records. His music has that uber-folk vibe in the vocals but plenty of electric guitar, layered effects and poundy drums to keep in the rock and roll arena. He's at his best when singing with his mucial collbaorator, Esmé Patterson. You can feel the chemistry between them. Shakey Graves is earnest, angsty, and wild and I like that about him.
I'm adding "Only Son," "Dearly Departed," "Pansy Waltz," and "Hard Wired" to rotation.
Preview And The War Came by Shakey Graves on Amazon.
More about Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves first hit the scene in 2011 with a Bandcamp release called Roll The Bones and it's been perpetually near the top of Bandcamp's charts ever since. He's been getting "next big thing" kudos from the likes of NPR and Paste Magzine.
I have a hard time figuring out the line up, but I get the sense that Shakey Graves is mostly a one man band when he can get away with it and he brings in backing band musicians when he has too. His voice is always at the center of the music, but when music hits an instrumental bridge, it's so emotional and spiritually in tune with the lyric that I gotta think it's him on those parts as well.
Having said that, there is one other musician that seems to hold her own against Shakey Graves big personality. Her name is Esmé Patterson. Don't know too much about her. She's in a Denver band called Paper Bird. I like her voice. It's strong and haunting in a very feminine way and it's a good complement to Shakey's kid-like, visionary vocal approach.