Dex Romweber Duo, 'Is That You in the Blue?' (Bloodshot)

Is That You in the Blue?
Critical Mass
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Label: Bloodshot

by David Menconi

The title track of Dexter Romweber's second album with sister drummer Sara begins as the same farewell lament that you've heard countless times, until the yowling chorus morphs into a kiss-off for the ages: "I hope you find loneliness with him / Whatever dark night you're in." Romweber is still ruler of his own bossa nova rockabilly kingdom, skipping from surf-guitar rave-ups to spacey instrumentals to sepulchral balladry, with the occasional Xavier Cugat cover tossed in. Only a sibling couldkeep up, and Sara'saccompaniment is perfectly dialed into Dexter'sotherworldly wavelength.

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