The centerpiece of this set are the intricate, '60s-inspired harmonies by duo Nerissa & Katryna Nields, formerly of the alt-folk band the Nields.

The centerpiece of this set are the intricate, '60s-inspired harmonies by duo Nerissa & Katryna Nields, formerly of the alt-folk band the Nields. As they did for a decade in that group, guitarist Nerissa has written the clear-eyed, literary lyrics and sister Katryna has provided a gloriously eccentric vocal delivery (Dave Chalfant and Lorne Entress add backing instrumentation). Cuts ranging from ebullient folk-pop to Elvis-swaggering country etch an autobiographical tale: talented, would-be (folk) rock stars skidding into pre-mid-life crises. Lots of backward glances and relationship foibles punctuate this quiet collection, which is ideal for harmony addicts and dreamers alike.—KIT

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