Based in Melbourne, Australia, three-piece folk band The Mae Trio has recently released their second long play album, Take Care, Take Cover. The eleven-track record has a special kind of appeal for listeners fans of simple and minimalistic productions and elements of folk and country, as The Male Trio delivers a genuinely written and performed album that will feel like home.
One aspect of this album that shines is the vocal performances. Maggie Rigby, Elsie Rigby, and Anita Hillman all do an amazing job with their lead and harmony parts, sharing the spotlight and complementing each other in order to establish a strong emotional connection with each of the songs’ meanings. We hear this right with the first track, “Well Enough Alone.” We only hear a solo vocalist sporadically, especially for the verses only, but it’s really the harmonies that drive the song. The chorus has such a mesmerizing quality that will force listeners to keep on listening. “Parallel Park” also bears the similar vocal quality. It’s one thing to have a chorus with an infectious melody, but to have each of the vocalists put on a show with the chorus’ lines especially to close out the song works really well. Each of the vocalists are able to work in parallel, keeping the song structured and aurally pleasing to listen to. Songs like “Call Me Stranger” shows that even harmonizing with “ooh’s” is pleasing enough. The tenth track, “Waterlily,” is a pure acapella track, allowing The Mae Trio to take their strongest strength—harmonizing vocals—under a direct spotlight. Generally speaking, The Mae Trio’s vocal performances are fantastic enough to induce listeners into dream states.
Another strong point for this album is the song-writing. Each song is able to deliver strong messages and tell a story. As previously noted, songs like “Well Enough Alone” and “Parallel Park” has mesmerizing qualities, which come from the quality of the lyrics that it offers a lot for The Mae Trio to work with when they perform the lyrics. “Sweet As Honey,” which has a slow tempo, takes a more simple approach but combines words with strong rhythms and wide-range melodies to make the song stick with listeners.
Finally, the instrumentalists in Take Care, Take Cover to an excellent job adding texture to the songs and making them more pleasurable to listen to. “Well Enough Alone” shows off the excellent work of Viktor Krauss on the double bass and Jano Rix on the drums, as well as Darrell Scott on the lap steel guitar, which sets off a great impression on how the instrumentals will unfold for the rest of the songs in the album. Jeff Taylor offers a nice touch on track six, “Grandma,” with his work on the accordion that doesn’t get too much in the way of the vocalists. I especially like Aaron Silver’s trumpet work in track 11, “Only Ever Growing,” which adds such a peaceful vibe to the album’s closing track.
Overall, The Mae Trio lets their style genuinely shine with their album, Take Care, Take Cover. There isn’t any song on the album that offers something strikingly different from the other songs in the album, but what they have to deliver in their eleven-track album will satisfy listeners who loves a folk and country fusion with extra flavours of beautiful blending vocal harmonies.
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