Opening with a quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride," Pelican Ossman's hardy tale "Hajj" begins on a somber note. Using minimal percussion to set the pace with acoustic guitar chords intertwined, the boy-girl duo pairs its voices together for the final component of the stark song.
You know how dancing on train tracks is all about the balance and no matter how skilled you are at the task, there are still going to be some wobbles and dips here and there? That's a lot like how this quirky folk track carries itself in that it very nearly becomes grating at certain points during its five-minute run time, but doesn't—ultimately succeeding in avoiding a drop off. Beautiful, warm folk for a cold post-Thanksgiving day.
Pelican Ossman next play in Portland on December 18th at In Other Words Books
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