The Civil Wars
Beyond the ideas and the harmonies, the Civil Wars sweat the small details and get a lot out of a very few sonic elements. The engineering of their recordings results in startling vocal detail, and their live show should be one of the few in which performers, emotionally and technically, draw listeners into a closed, intimate world. The Civil Wars are the hot act in folk music for the moment, for good reason.
[Originally published in November, 2011.]