beat-up troubador folk
"The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection..."
I'd like to thank the reader from Fort Atkinson, WI, (which, incidentally, is also the hometown of my favorite SI.com columnist, Luke Winn) who sent along this raw cut from southeastern Wisconsin's very own Jeffrey Foucault.
Through his many residencies at the storied Cafe Carpe, Foucault has all but sealed his status as the Townes Van Zandt of Wisconsin. This track features that Sufjan-esque banjo-plucking that I love so much, alongside Foucault's worn-in, gritty vocals, to create a startlingly raw effect:
Jeffrey Foucault Doubletree mp3
The Boston Globe calls Jeffrey Foucault's album, Stripping Cane, a "minimalist masterpiece". Buy it here
As if I needed an excuse to post another picture of the gorgeous Chan Marshall, rbally.net has an astoundingly high-quality live recording from Cat Power's Paris show on Nov. 11, 2005. Highly recommended.