Jeffrey Foucault – Horse Latitudes
Horse Latitudes is the new album from Americana great Jeffrey Foucault. Released on May 3 via Signature Sounds, the record is pure beauty and one of the best Americana albums this year. After several cover albums and collaborations, Horse Latitudes is 10 original tracks founded on prime writing, playing and arrangements.
The title track opens the album with drums, bass, and vibrating pedal steel quickly setting the tone for the rest of the album. “Pretty Girl in a Small Town,” is a great rootsy number with scorching electric guitar and subtly reverbing pedal steel. But, where Foucault really succeeds is in the smoky country ballads, like my favorite on the album, “Starlight and Static.” Foucault’s husky voice combined with the acoustic guitar lines and strumming, an pedal steel and subtle female harmonies supplied by his wife, Kris Delmhorst makes the song haunting and memorable. The other ballads like “Heart to the Husk” and “Goners Most” are melancholy standouts that gently ache.
What makes Horse Latitudes a great Americana album is Foucault’s vocals and guitar playing combined with the nuanced and affective pedal steel of Eric Heywood. And, it has become an album I constantly go back to for some great Americana music and that hit of pedal steel I need to sustain me.
–April D. Wolfe @ Common Folk Music