These Trails, These Trails (Drag City)

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These Trails
Critical Mass
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Label: Drag City

by Andrew Hultkrans

6 Like the Pentangle of Hawaii, These Trails were a one-off, private-press, acid-folk project of Kauai's Margaret Morgan and Patrick Cockett, abetted by Dave Choy's ARP synthesizer and Carlos Pardeiro's guitar and sitar. The music evokes the islands more as concept than sonic source, with Morgan's agile, clear, vibrato-heavy voice recalling the early '70s recordings of female folk stylists Mellow Candle and Linda Perhacs. The sunny and eerie vibe brought an eccentric glamminess to Southern roots music.

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