Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams, “Plastic Bouquet” (New West)
2nd cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum emerged from rural Saskatchewan in the earlier ten years as a dynamic classic folk duo who evoke the Canadian prairie, Appalachia and the Scottish Highlands.
The musical reach extends even farther — to the Southern Hemisphere — on “Plastic Bouquet,” which features a collaboration amongst Kacy & Clayton and New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams.
It would be tough to obtain a different 2020 album showcasing a few more distinct devices — the voices of Anderson and Williams, and Linthicum’s electric guitar. The established was recorded pre-pandemic, and Anderson’s commanding but heat alto blends superbly with Williams’ equally formidable tenor, the enthusiasm for the partnership evident as they harmonize and trade solo sales opportunities. “Sorry for laughing,” she says ahead of the remaining track.
Linthicum’s position as guide guitarist is much more delicate but evident from the opening bars, an ear-catching swirl of timeless twang, tremolo and idiosyncratic intervals. The music are limited, and guitar geeks would hope Kacy & Clayton make an album sometime that seriously allows him to extend out.
Linthicum also contributes saloon piano and calliope organ, as nicely as weepy metal guitar on “Old Fashioned Guy,” a nation waltz about not dancing. Williams’ affect is specially evident on “Arahura,” a adore track to a New Zealand river, and “Light of Appreciate,” which takes Kacy & Clayton into 1960s-type California pop.