I’ve long thought that Joshua Britton of the band Psalmships and the band Sweetheart Parade sounded on par with an artist like Jason Molina (Songs:Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.). Hearing that Britton occasionally covers Molina live, then, was no surprise. In his latest release, now seemingly consistent under the moniker Psalmships, Britton completes one of his most masterful accomplishments yet — a nod to his earlier moniker and a song full and plush with a chorus of vocals in the bridge and a barrage of heavily strummed guitars.
“Sweetheart Parade” is built upon a strong melody and three guitars; one an acoustic focused on a strummed chord progression, the second focused on a one or two string strum for unique accompaniment, and an occasional third driving it all home with electricity. The song is the concluding track of Psalmships latest release, a mere four-song EP titled Lapwing + Grizzly. This release is the predecessor to Psalmships’ sophomore LP, Kronotsky, out next month.
Psalmships: Sweetheart Parade [mp3]