The opener “Punch Bowl” begins as a backwoods haunt of eerie cacophonous instrumentation then slides into a calmer Appalachian string band sound.
“The Blind Leaving The Blind” is a bluegrass symphony of sorts, written by Chris Thile and divided into four lengthy movements. Initially it feels like a bit of a let down after the opening track, but on the second listen I could better appreciate the pretty placidity of the series. Thile’s voice is softly soothing, his lyrical narrations (inspired by the end of his marriage) are engrossing, and the arrangements exhibit the harmony between the five players while also accentuating the sounds of the individual instruments. The first two movements of the set are particularly lovely.
The finale “It’ll Happen” is quiet, delicate, and absolutely resplendent. I sincerely hope that nothing prevents me from attending The Punch Brothers’ upcoming performance at Mountain Stage.
I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below.