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Blackheart Honeymoon / Press

“Blackheart Honeymoon, Nothing and Everything Else (out now, self-released, blackhearthoneymoon.bandcamp.com): Members of Lowmen Markos join vocalist/guitarist Ian Prebo and upright bassist Wes Amundsen to create a handful of smooth country songs with a bit of indie rock mixed in. Things end on a touching note as Prebo softly sings over a friend’s voice mail in “Last Song.” (Fri., July 12, West Seattle Summer Fest) AZARIA PODPLESKY”

“In lieu of chasing after a particular trend, this staple of the Seattle late-night bar scene returns to the period of alt-country from about a decade ago, alternating between an earthier version of Wilco and something slightly more boisterous and creative. Prebo’s vocals match the tone of the genre almost perfectly, and are equally adept at breathy love ballads like in the album’s opener “I'm a Liar (And I Love You),” or when he occasionally lets loose and turns them up to eleven, like in the chorus of “If I Fall.””

“. . .“I’m a Liar (and I Love You),” is an all out hit that falls somewhere in the “smoky pool hall-western blues” genre. However, the undisputed highlight is the ballad, “We All Fall Down (Sometimes).” The repetitive, crushing chorus in incredibly powerful and memorable.”