I Draw Slow : White Wave Chapel (Pinecastle/Independent)
This Dublin five-piece don’t make mistakes. I Draw Slow showed that they had very definite ideas in their first two albums: old-time Appalachian roots with an Irish edge. White Wave Chapel doesn’t stray too far from this groove — and didn’t have to, because siblings Dave and Louise Holden have penned another 13 exquisite tracks.
As before, it is the latter’s voice and its luminous layers that make this so pleasant. Now You’re Gone, The Captain and Valentine, the current single, marginally sneak ahead in terms of musicianship and texture but all of White Wave Chapel is a songbook of accomplishment that is very lovely indeed.