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RIYL: Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley
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In a world where college radio submissions come with lots of “please listen to me,” “please love me” promotional materials, LQ Bucket’s The Long Loneliness comes with one quote: “Some say LQ’s like Townes Van Zandt after reading too much Flannery O’Connor…” This quote just happens to be one of the few rare, accurate promotion lines you’ll see.
The Long Loneliness is a bit of a misnomer, as it clocks in at a mere 11 minutes, but it’s 11 minutes of loneliness that you’re going to want to endure. LQ Bucket is where the story-telling brilliance of Townes Van Zandt and the talky, classic folk sensibility of Bob Dylan intersect. Amidst an eerie, buzzing background noise that conjures the feeling of listening to an old record, LQ eases through subtle but deeply emotional stories set to music.
As for the Flannery O’Connor statement, if a Faulkner southern gothic novel was set to music it sound exactly like The Long Loneliness— both haunting and strikingly beautiful. Lyrics like “I had scarlet fever when I was eight/ saw those visions both large and small/ but that was fever talking/ that’s all,” are delivered with a yearning, talky croon that seems to tell stories without any words.
LQ Bucket isn’t just another folk singer. His lyrical styles and guitar playing may not be anything out of the ordinary, but the creativity and delivery of those elements is unusual today. “They Were Orphans Without You” is a brilliant take on an old tale, finding a lonely man crying into the distance where his love lies, telling her that all of his dreams and fantasies are just orphans without her.
When so many releases today are over produced and over refined, LQ Bucket doesn’t clean up undesirable guitar tones or melodic lines. The result is a record that is raw but refined, devastating but beautiful.
Finding LQ online is a little like playing a game of Where’s Waldo, but you don’t want to miss out on The Long Loneliness.