S.O.W.S. “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars

SOWS v.02

MUSIK MODUS (SOWS) pronounced [sohz]


civil wars - barton hollow
The Civil Wars can be considered a folk music tragedy in some respects. After releasing their second full studio album last year, the duo announced their hiatus as a result of “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” It was truly unfortunate news because, while their catalogue was short-lived, it was marked by beautiful songwriting and a unique chemistry not often found between two songwriters these days.

I fell in love with their evocative harmonies and captivating dynamic when I first saw their NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The live video clip for this week’s song includes that full performance below. I find that while “Poison & Wine” is not their most high-energy song to date, it displays the kind of emotion that is characteristic of all their music. This song was also the hook that got me interested in the first place. However, I would highly recommend investing the time into their newer self-titled record The Civil Wars.

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