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Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

Transfixed Summer

Milwaukee’s Longacre follows last year’s full-length debut with five songs that further their adult alt aesthetic. Adding to the group’s muscularly hushed emotional vignettes are more exotic, international sounds and themes. Some flamenco guitar and American-Indian powwow drumming form the bass for a couple...
Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Milwaukee quartet Longacre makes adult Americana that is perfect for coffee bars. Acoustic guitar, lap steel and keyboards maintain a balance between roiling and restraint. Singer Claire Chin’s sometimes-enigmatic, philosophical lyrics fit with a meticulous tautness over aural lulls and eruptions, like Sarah McLachlan or Natalie Merchant with a warmly approachable archness. With a dash of reggae here and a pinch of psychedelia there, Longacre has crafted a latte soundtrack that also appeals to those who listen with more focus. Either way, it’s professional and alluring.