The musical reach goes even further — into the Southern Hemisphere — on”Plastic Bouquet,” which includes a collaboration between Kacy & Clayton and New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams.
It would be tricky to discover another 2020 album comprising three more identifying tools — the voices of Anderson and Williams, and Linthicum’s electric guitar. The group was listed pre-pandemic, also Anderson’s controlling but hot alto blends superbly with Williams’ equally powerful tenor, the excitement for the partnership clear since they harmonize and transaction solo leads. “Sorry for laughing,” she states before the last song.
Linthicum’s function as lead guitarist is much more subtle but evident in the opening bars, an ear-catching swirl of classic twang, tremolo, and idiosyncratic intervals. The songs are brief, and guitar geeks would expect Kacy & Clayton to create a record that allows one to stretch out.
Linthicum also leads saloon piano and calliope penis, in addition to weepy steel guitar on”Old Fashioned Man,” a state waltz about not dance. Williams’ influence is particularly evident in “Arahura,” a love song to a New Zealand river, and”Light of Love,” which takes Kacy & Clayton to 1960s-style California pop.
Elsewhere the trio also seems just like something in the’60s — the 1860s. The exceptional music of Kacy & Clayton and Marlon is rooted in various times and time zones.