Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden, and Over the Rhine Christmas albums

Fans of Over the Rhine, The Innocence Mission, Mazzy Star, Sixpence None the Richer, 10,000 Maniacs, and The Cranberries will find themselves warmed through the winter by the golden glow of Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden in their new, self-titled release.

I’ve been listening to Tucker and Company’s moody pop for several weeks now. This isn’t an album that grabs you and shakes you… it’s one that slips quietly into the back of your mind, and soon you find yourself¬†humming these melodies to yourself.

Touched with electronic flourishes, these are really folk and country songs at hear. But the more I listened, the more I struggled to figure out what it was that sounded so familiar. Browsing other notes about the band online, I found it: The Cocteau Twins. There’s something about the lush, layered guitars were lulling me into the same blissful melancholy that I associate with the Cocteau Twins’ Blue Bell Knoll and The Innocence Mission’s Glow. The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip, Holy Ghost Revival) at Bear Creek Studio. You may recognize Damien Jurado singing backup.

I’m lucky to have met Tucker at Over the Rhine’s recent Seattle concert. Now I’m looking forward to seeing her sing live sometime soon (I hope).

And speaking of music…

If you don’t have Over the Rhine’s two Christmas albums, you’re really missing out. These two albums are playing every week through November, December, and January at Overstreet headquarters.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.