"Traipse Through the Valley"
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For their debut L&L release, The Smallgoods hit us with a brooding psych-folk single, drenched through with deep harmonies and a menacing minor-key lilt. Traipse Through the Valley is an enticing taste of what to expect from the Smallgoods' forthcoming album Down on the Farm. Each single is handmade, individually numbered and features three exclusive tracks recorded for this release, including a cover of Judee Sill’s Lady O, a sped up version of their own tune Baby Grand which originally appeared on their Listen To The Radio album in 2004, and their version of the Velvet Underground's Ocean.
1)Traipse Through the Valley
"A rich and woody western ride with lolloping bass lines and ghostly harmonies, The Smallgoods return with this kitsch and peculiar single as a prelude to their forthcoming album, Down on the Farm, due out in September. Alongside the sounds of Lonestar, the boys have worked the misty magic of Simon and Garfunkle into their gothic trail ride, and the result is familiar but unusual. " Beat Magazine, Melbourne, June 2007
"Have you ever had that feeling when you're out in the bush, or maybe even just a large farm? You're all alone, the sun's shining, it's a beautiful day out in nature by yourself… and then you feel spooked. Nothing's happened. There was no sudden movement, or funny noise. It's just all so quiet, and expansive, and terrifying. The first single from Melbourne five-piece The Smallgoods' upcoming album Down On The Farm has a bit of that unexplained rural spookiness going on. Harmonies, a nice plucky acoustic guitar, some subtle tambourine, and a steady bass rhythm that mimics a casual horse trot. It feels like a lovely trip along the country path, probably more like a lush green English apple orchard than a dry Kingaroy dam, but either way a pleasant ride. There's just something bugging you. Are you being watched? Is there anyone else out here? Best just to sing out loud to this addictive indie-country ditty, do some nervous glances, and give the horse a bit of a giddy up." Simon Topper, Rave Magazine, Brisbane, July 2007