With a voice as windswept, barren, and generally spooky as the Bates Motel, Edwards unravels 11 mini-sermons with a frightening intensity and emotional edge.
When Wayfaring Stranger - 16 Horsepower - Secret South sings, the ghostly moan that emanates sounds like he's overcome by forces beyond his control. It's that creepy voice, similar to Michael Been of the Callalong with sparse but powerful instrumentation and a fire-and brimstone-lyrical slant, that separates 16 Horsepower from the rest of the alt-Americana pack. Seldom have banjos, violins, organ, and bandoneon an old accordion that helps define the band's unique soundlet alone guitar, piano and, standup bass, seemed quite as intimidating and brooding as in the hands of this band.
The songs are texturally diverse, but the dark, menacing atmosphere, especially in the stark banjo-led disc-closing "Straw Foot" and the pounding album opener "Clogger," is pervasive, giving the disc an ominous feel that rarely lets up. Their unadorned version of the traditional "Wayfaring Stranger," with Edwards singing through what sounds like a paper cup, could have come off an old Library of Congress album.
Although they're working within a genre they practically define and this album doesn't push them in any radical new directions, Endlich Sind Wir Nervenkrank - Die Peheiros - Wasser Ist Zum Waschen Da South is another worthy entry into the catalog of a band unafraid to explore the shadowy side of spiritual territory with Cisco The Frisco Mack* - Weekendz Freekendz passion, fervor, and conviction of a backwoods preacher.
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