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CD Review: Colors burn brighter with Teague Alexy's latest

If the Duluth scene has a sound, Teague Alexy's "The New Folklore" is quite the atypical release. Joined by the appropriately named Feelin' Band, Alexy's latest is all about feeling good -- it's anything but dark, cold, morose, sparse, etc. Quite...

If the Duluth scene has a sound, Teague Alexy's "The New Folklore" is quite the atypical release.

Joined by the appropriately named Feelin' Band, Alexy's latest is all about feeling good -- it's anything but dark, cold, morose, sparse, etc.

Quite frankly, this is the sound of hazy summer afternoons, accentuated so eloquently by record-setting highs in the Twin Ports.

Even on Alexy's darker moments ("You can color me green, I'm jealous of everything you do / You can color me red and boil me over 'til I blow my head" on the album's lead-off track, "Anything But Blue"), you'll still be sipping a cool beverage on your back porch thanks to the Feelin' Band's pleasant melodies.

Aside from some occasionally cheeky lyrics ("Verona, your love means more to me / Than my notebook would be worth to a wack emcee") and one-off cornball melodies ("The Epiphany of Sally Loves Too Much"), "The New Folklore" almost sounds like a collaboration with Madison-by-way-of-Fargo singer/songwriter Josh Harty.

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Like Harty's releases, it's a safe bet for any musical taste, there's nary a bum note and, for those stressful times, it's practically guaranteed to relax even the most hardened listeners into sedation.

While much of that can be credited to the Feelin' Band's polished playing, it also has a lot to do with Alexy's lyrics.

Not to disregard a thousand-odd songwriters, but his words are just more interesting than most of those trying to make a living today.

It feels almost like divine intervention when those two dynamic halves come together perfectly on the album's apex, "Teufelo's Tongue."

Starting off gently enough with hushed acoustic guitar noodling, Alexy steps forward to tell quite an eloquent tale: "They cut off Teufelo's tongue for claiming to be an angel / Now he's judged a thief / Gonna hang from the gallows pole."

And the subtle introduction of piano keys? Why, that just yanks at your precious heartstrings.

Released on Alexy's Consider It Correspondence label, these 16 tracks equate to, at the very least, a shining hour for the local scene -- and independent music all together.

Teague Alexy will be playing a solo show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Gypsy Blue Review, featuring Eliza Blue and Roma di Luna, will open. For details, visit www.teaguealexy.com .

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