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ALBUM REVIEW: Rachel Lynch – 'Hanging Out /All Covered Up'

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Yukon songstress Rachel Lynch does a great job of living up to her last name: from the opening track of “Mad Blues” on her album Hanging Out it’s quite apparent we’re hitched a ride with an elusive girl who has no intention of dropping us off anytime soon, an overwhelming sense of atmospheric dread and bodily dystopia, dark roads and shady characters greeting and deleting us along the way like the soundtrack to a David Lynch films that hasn’t been made and probably never will be.

“Murder Ballad” hides its bloody knife behind the back of her sweet-as-pie smile, while armed with only an acoustic guitar, the militaristic goose-step beat of “War” marches down Main Street in a daring act of provocation with its repeat of “make it a fuckin’ fair fight.” With a title like “Sweet Love,” the rural melancholia just drips out of the headphones, but it’s the final track, “Nobody Has the Time,” that defiantly refuses to ask the listener for any sort of redemption, all with a plaintively angelic voice that’s hiding some purely devilish leanings.

While every song on Hanging Out is perfectly rendered, at only five of them coming in at about two minutes each, I think it is okay to say any listener will be left wanting more and, graciously, Lynch abides with her second offering, the redux and reuse e.p. All Covered Up.

Adding a little more instrumentation to the proceedings, Lynch sounds doubly confident as she brings to life the Weepies’ “Gotta Have You” with a distinctly missed early 90s indie flair, while a heartbreakingly spooky take on Radiohead’s “Creep” feels like it could be playing over the embittered end credits of a horror flick (and I honestly believe it will, soon). Meanwhile, emo stalwarts Bayside earn a cover better than they really deserve with Lynch’s vocal enticement of “Moceanu.”

Capping off the record with a somewhat out-of-place reimagining of John Prine and Iris DeMent’s eternally dumb “In Spite of Ourselves,” this duet with Pauly Creep-O is somewhat anti-climactic and minorly does a disservice to the dusky lush surroundings she created. However, with a tour coming up in March, one hopes that Lynch, straddling the line of local cult greatness as she is, soon delivers a packed full-length release to help make those upcoming lonely summer nights a little bit more palatable.

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