El Campo, formerly known as Pillow Talk (courtesy)
Now here’s some real (good) Texas music. The boys in El Campo, formerly known as Pillow Talk, have their debut long-player ready, and they’ve decided to give us an early digital taste of it. With Remember, this half Austin, half San Antone group delivers a set of shimmering Southern folk songs with slightly askew country sensibilities. Laden with banjo and pedal steel, the album feels painted the color of a summer haystack, like some memory of a life lived in a different time.
Meanwhile, second and third listens will have you focusing in on the lyrics. And what lyrics they are! Penned entirely by singer/ringleader Jerid Morris, Remember’s lyrics are rich with poetic turns, personal confessions, biting observations, and lush Hill Country (almost Southern Gothic) imagery.
This is an album you will want to sit down and spend time with. You’ll want to invite it into your living room for iced tea and Civil War history discussions. You’ll want it as a friend and as a representation of a far-removed rural life, tinted with an aching nostalgia. At ten songs and only 31 minutes, Remember will never outstay its welcome.
Standout tracks include the slightly sinister opener “Faux Fur,” the stomping hymn to loneliness “The Palo Fucking Duro,” and “Open Casket” which paints a beautiful picture of a moment between loss and acceptance.
Between now and midnight Saturday Feb 8, you can listen for yourself at El Campo’s Bandcamp page. But if you miss your chance, don’t fret. Said Bandcamp page also promises that the album will be “Out soon, in real life.”