Atlanta-based Americana collective Book Club takes the bones of their chosen genre and adds lengths of indie pop and folk to create something larger and more cinematic, a Southern Gothic persuasion that settles deep in your heart. Rippling harmonies tangle together with acoustic plucks, fragile string arrangements and a rush of rural imagery and phrasing.
The band's lineup has evolved over the years, with founding guitarist, singer and songwriter Robbie Horlick holding fast to his vision of a pastoral beauty that bridges the distance between a handful of different genres. Bringing together the shuffle and breeze of Americana and folk histories with the unpredictability of jazz and the buoyancy of pop music, he designs each song to draw out the very last ounce of emotion from it audience. But he couldn't do it by himself, and the beautiful noise made by the other members of the band support and encourage his drive to blend various sounds and textures.
Book Club will be releasing their new record, "Dust of Morning," on April 6.
Recently, the band shared a single called "So Many Nights," which features vocal work from band member and pianist Lauren Love. They take a measured approach to the song, allowing the echoing plucks and twangy steel guitar to float in the air before Love's voice comes in to gently take us by the hand. Eventually, a sunken percussive rumble is introduced before the song rises to a fevered folk pitch, capturing the devotion and reverence with which the band views these sounds. It's a gorgeous mix of tradition and modern techniques and finds Book Club connecting Americana antiquity with current folk-pop aesthetics.