Portland, Oregon-based folk-noir duo Alex Callenberger and Erin LaCerra make up Clawfoot Slumber, a band who has been sliding under the airways and hype for far too long. Their latest album, Open Wide to the Demons Who Crave a Word with the Ghost of Your Heart, properly introduces the musicians to anyone seeking out honest and experimental folk sounds.
Open Wide to the Demons Who Crave a Word with the Ghost of Your Heart is an unpredictable and charming compilation of songs about all of the relatable things we feel as human beings. Callenberger’s vocals are strong, reverberating waves with an incredible amount of depth. The album’s frequent minimal instrumentation creates the sense of serious intentions, similar to what Kings of Convenience has conquered in Quiet is the New Loud. The rawness and lo-fi general vibes aren’t offensive; they pull the listener in via curiosity regarding how this all came to be. Callenberger explains,
“10,000 miles of the road gave birth to these songs. It was a moment of reckoning. Where was I to lay my roots? Where was I to call home? With love by my side and a heart full of dreams, I set out to find this new place. Along these winding roads and famish times, I wrote of the emotions and strife we experienced, with only guitar and voice. This collection of songs is based on all the love, hardship, excitement, adversity, pain and loss we experienced during the journey.”
You can stream Open Wide to the Demons Who Crave a Word with the Ghost of Your Heart in its entirety here.