The Post-Timey String Band’s My God My God

By Kevin Oliver
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Post-Timey String Band
My God My God
(Montreat 2014 EP)


Recorded in one night, then mixed and mastered in two more, this quickie EP was physically produced the next day so the Columbia duo of Kelley Douglas and Sean Thomson would have copies available for a worship music conference in Montreat, N.C. But the haste doesn’t show; each of these six folkish cuts deftly and deliberately expands the group’s aesthetic.

A version of the 19th century hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” opens the album, delivered in an appropriately reverent manner, though a little different than what one might hear in a church service. The song’s simple melodies come decked with droning overtones courtesy of multi-instrumentalist Thomson and cellist Alderman Douglas, Kelley’s husband and a member of melodic rock outfit Timshel.

The more traditional-sounding romp “Rejoicing in the Hands of God” employs an energetic attitude, while “So Alone” utilizes additional players and vocals from Mario McClean. Each song complements the album-defining title track. A leap forward for an already ambitious outfit, the EP’s centerpiece is fraught with danger and suspense. “My God, my God, I’m terrified I might not get out of here,” Kelley Douglas sings, riding a rollick of banjo, kazoo and rattletrap percussion that’s as insistently insidious as her impassioned vocal.

Kelley’s voice is easily the group’s most recognizable feature, and it shines —  both vulnerable and victorious —  on the closing “As It Stands,” where she channels Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick circa “White Rabbit.”

Post-Timey has always delivered old-time authenticity with modern accents. On My God My God, this strength has never been more evident. — Kevin Oliver

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