It’s almost like he should live in Austin, with that lonesome, quietly defiant sound of his. It’s almost like the tunes fit every facet of Austin, from the country soul that haunts places like Donn’s Depot, to the reckless pace and bright lights of Sixth Street, he manages the rampant and the respite in his sound, and all of his music is representative of the very best of SXSW. How can Langhorne Slim not be from Austin? We don’t know, but on July 15th, regardless of his origin, he’ll be performing at Antone’s, where his music is sure to do what it always does when within the Austin City Limits – it belongs here.
Langhorne Slim, the musical moniker of Sean Scolnick and his merry band of musicians, has long been a staple of the Americana/Folk movement championed by bands like The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers. Capturing a rambling sound, driven by guitars and poignant lyrics that range from hopeful (“The Way We Move”) to heartful (“Worries”) to cathartically harmful (“Lord”), he’s managed to carve out nearly twenty years of music that runs the gamut of emotions, but never compromises a profound integrity.
Music is more than a livelihood for the journeyman – it’s a necessity. His latest album, November’s “Lost at Last, Volume 1,” is a product of that need. After working away on a studio album, with all of its considerations and scheduling and confinements, his creativity was pulling at the traces, longing to run.
“I made a deal with myself to trust my own voice and vision more than I ever have before, and to go willingly wherever it led,” Slim explains.
On the album, he may be as raw as any voice has ever been since Cohen and Dylan were making whatever music they wanted and offering brilliance to the world, nearly free of charge. The spectrum of emotion is well-intact, as he goes from wistful hope (“Never Break”) to pensive (“Life Is Confusing”) to just nakedly and brutally honest about his personal ambitions (“Better Man”) on the album, which proposes to be but the first of others, with that “Volume 1” title. Slim moves effortlessly through these moods with his signature voice and more than a few calls to action, to live more honestly, to connect more tangibly.
The result is an album that feels instantly familiar, and makes one hungry to hear more.
Langhorne Slim & the Lost at Last Band play Antone’s on Sunday, July 15, with opening act, Harvest Thieves. Tickets are still available here. His album, “Lost at Last, Volume 1” is available on iTunes and wherever you stream music.