Caitlin Cary & Matt Douglas


SXSW Records

Caitlin Cary & Matt Douglas

Are the Small Ponds (Last Chance)

Caitlin Cary's at her best when collaborating. The fiddler and vocalist came to prominence as a member of Whiskeytown, the sweet foil to Ryan Adams' country-punk urges. The Cleveland native's ensuing work with Tres Chicas and Thad Cockrell brought out her strengths as a singer and composer, and those traits are a prime focus on Are the Small Ponds. She and Matt Douglas of Raleigh, N.C., folk rockers the Proclivities entwine their voices on a five-song EP that documents their meeting at an annual post-Valentine's soirée called the Love Hangover. The pair sings of romance in a way that's poetic, never saccharine, and sonically impeccable. The highlight is the harrowing and rustic "Loneliness," while the cryptically titled easy pop of "Horse on a Bus" is curiously less obvious. A tempting appetizer. (Wed., 8pm, TenOak)


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