Gracious Calamity :: Song That Grows Like A Vine (Demo)

Gracious Calamity are Kate Lee and Kit Wallach, a duo based in Jamaica Plain, MA. They describe their music as Gospel, Melodramatic Popular Song, Healing and Easy Listening. The descriptions are apt. “Song That Grows Like a Vine,” which appears on their 2011 album Carefree Since ’83, is a borderline spiritual experience. But it’s a demo of the tune, originally appearing on the now-defunct Hooves on the Turf blog, way back in 2009, that truly has the power to transport.

Homespun and charmingly dusty, the demo does as its title suggests, changing throughout, though never requiring more than two voices, two guitars and a kick drum. Kate and Kit's voices are earthly and heavenly alike, delivering their deceptively plainspoken lyrics with a mystical matter-of-factness, although an air of sorrow and doubt and lingers within the recording.

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