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Mutatis Mutandis (The Quarantine)

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Switching off drums, guitars, keys and bass, the duo of David Trenaman and Colleen Collins conveys clearly place and headspace here. They live in an old house in Port Greville on the Parrsboro shore, where they recorded these eight excellent tracks. (“Nightshade” and “Public Square” are exceptionally strong.) Songs of location, being grounded in a very small town surrounded by nature, balance with stories of being ground down by isolation, struggling for self-reliance, independence and understanding, while witnessing abuses of nature. A tension between the two mindsets comes across loud and clear. (Listen at said volume.) Vocally and instrumentally, they sound close to cracking, rightfully so. This is a great work of and for the imagination.

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