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Dusty Trails
     

Dusty Trails

by Dusty Trails
 
With their work in Luscious Jackson and the Breeders, respectively, Vivian Trimble and Josephine Wiggs helped shape the sound of '90s alt rock. But with their new project, Dusty Trails, these ladies aim for a more timeless sound inspired by French pop, Brazilian lounge, and film composers such as

Overview

With their work in Luscious Jackson and the Breeders, respectively, Vivian Trimble and Josephine Wiggs helped shape the sound of '90s alt rock. But with their new project, Dusty Trails, these ladies aim for a more timeless sound inspired by French pop, Brazilian lounge, and film composers such as Ennio Morricone. Trimble and Wiggs use guitar, organs, keyboards, and touches of maracas, strings, and horns to whip up an airy mousse of sounds, sometimes flavored by Trimble's sweet vocals or guest vocals by Emmylou Harris ("Order Coffee"). If you overlook one or two sleepy instrumentals that come dangerously close to elevator music, there are plenty of enticing tracks here, from the groovy bounce of "Roll the Dice" to the urban cowgirl sounds of "Fool for a Country Tune" to the breezy French pop of "Est-ce Que Tu." While the sounds of Dusty Trails might surprise to Luscious Jackson and Breeders fans, Trimble and Wiggs have created a new identity that understatedly oozes coolness and class.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephanie Patafio
The mystique of the celluloid served as inspiration for Dusty Trails' self titled debut album, and with an eclectic mix of bongos, keyboards, strings, and sultry vocals, the finished product plays like a well-crafted soundtrack. The band is comprised of Vivian Trimble, who provided keyboard work and backing vocals for Luscious Jackson until 1998, and Josephine Wiggs, who played bass for the Breeders. Fans looking for hints of their prior work on Dusty Trails will be out of luck for it explores new territory for both. Similarities can be drawn between Dusty Trails and Stereolab's Dots and Loops, due to their similar '60s pop flair, and Trimble and former Luscious Jackson mate Jill Cunniff's work as the Kostars. The pair's side project, which produced the album Klassics with a K, featured a similar light and breezy vibe that resonates throughout the record. The album contains a healthy mix of instrumental pieces and lyric-based tracks that feature Trimble's airy vocals. Her ultra-feminine voice relaxes the listener, creating a feeling reminiscent of a lazy summer afternoon. It's easy to get comfortable with the album's instrumental tracks as well. "Spy in the Lounge," which offers a '70s groove complete with a trombone solo; "Conga Style," with its infectious bongo riff; as well as the spaghetti western stylings of "Dusty Trails Theme" all provide laid back listening. The two stand-out moments on the album, though, are provided by the band's guest vocals. Cunniff provides vocals on "Roll the Dice," creating an upbeat funky moment reminiscent of Luscious Jackson at their finest. Country legend Emmylou Harris also grabs the listener with her powerful vocals on the track "Order Coffee" and in the process provides an emotional telling of lost love. Each track on Dusty Trails tells a separate story and because of this the listener is left with a unique set of feelings after each song. Despite this fact, the album is never choppy and flows together nicely. Although it is never overpowering, Dusty Trails is too well crafted to be reduced to mere background music. Instead, it slips innocuously into one's subconscious, serving as the soundtrack to life's ongoing cinematic moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2000
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678331121
catalogNumber:
83311
Rank:
197670

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Performance Credits

Dusty Trails   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Kate Schellenbach   Drums
Josephine Wiggs   Guitar,Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Josh Roseman   Trombone
Jill Cunniff   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jon Mattock   Percussion,Conga
Audu Obaje   Organ
Viv   Acoustic Guitar,Strings,Accordion,Keyboards,Leader,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Stills   Producer
Josephine Wiggs   Engineer
Michael Murphy   Management
Dusty Trails   Producer
Martin Ogolter   Art Direction

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