by CHARLIE ANDERSON
4.5 stars out of 5
As usual, Finnders & Youngberg find themselves at the top of their game. The group’s latest release, Eat the Moon, appears seemingly effortless, as if such emotion and subtle power emanated naturally from their instruments and voices. Erin Youngberg exemplifies this characteristic so familiar with the band, her vocals hauntingly beautiful and poetic. On the other side of the coin, bandleader Mike Finders adds a sort of laidback grit to his microphone, offering lyrics of adventure, blues and ‘mama’s cookin.’’ The banjo of Aaron Youngberg and the mandolin of Rich Zimmerman create wonderfully quick rhythms below the surface of songs, frequently coming up for air in brief bouts of picking ecstasy, while Ryan Drickey allows his violin to meander tranquilly throughout the album. “Desert Bluebell” perhaps best epitomizes the artistry evoked in the music of Finnders & Youngberg. This month, Swing Station will be hosting Finnders & Youngberg, but at the very least, give Eat the Moon a good hard listen.