On The Water is a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The members consist of Fletcher Van Vliet (guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals), Robin Carine (lead guitar, vocals), Taylor Jamison (bass, vocals) and Lucas Carine (percussion, vocals). Cordelia is their fifth studio release. Featured guest musicians include Jesse Sparhawk (harp), Evan McGonagle (cello) and Aubrey Van Vliet (vocals). Primary songwriter and founding member Fletcher Van Vliet describes the new album as “a dark love poem about self-discovery, realizing the things you love, close friends and adventure, limitations and failures, and bouts with depression.”
Some may find Fletcher Van Vliet's falsetto's to be a bit rough around the edges, but it’s just one more thing I find appealing about Cordelia. The instrumentation and vocals complement each other remarkably well. The music is dark and folky, slightly akin to such artists as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash (Rick Rubin's American Recordings label days). The first half of the album is pure brilliance so it’s a little disappointing that the second half begins to lose some of its luster. Despite its rough spots, the record still manages to make an impact through an accumulation of earnest songwriting, relaxed arrangements and a dusty, psych-folk vibe. Cordelia is definitely worth checking out. Stand out tracks include “Born in Reverse”, “Varsity”, the extremely wonderful “Keymaster”, “Gatekeeper”, “Kahuna” and “Ignorabimus”.
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