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We Sink Ships

by Cutleri

We Sink Ships will take you on a ride. Cutleri’s debut album veers into sea shanties, chamber music, luminous harmonies, down-home rawness, abstract collages, and raucous rhythms.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Work in the Field
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2. Go Go Go
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3. The Egyptian Swing
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4. Gentle Creatures
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5. Lilting
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6. We Sink Ships
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7. Glow
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8. Probably, But We Shouldn't Talk About It
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9. Bug
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10. Burrower
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11. Bed
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12. Movie Star
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Album Notes
Cutleri’s debut album, We Sink Ships, is an eclectic, avant-garde approach to traditional folk, combining three-part harmony with unconventional instrumentation accented by otherworldly, abrasive violin licks and slippery, psychedelic clarinet lines, all underpinned by a banjo sound that can be melodious and soothing one moment and percussive and arrhythmic the next.

We Sink Ships was recorded and produced at Barefoot Flamingo Recording alongside the beautiful Delaware River in Barryville, NY.


Mario Salvati ~ Engineer and Producer
Nicole Penix ~ Co-engineer

Cutleri: Jessie Shaffer (Fork), Heidi Harris (Knife), and Christen Napier (Spoon).

added instrumentation and vocals by, Mike Milazzo (Ladle) and Matt Boyle (Wine Key)

artwork by, Matt Boyle


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New Sounds (1152): Cutleri
Translated from the original review in German here:
Heidi Harris, who we've already reviewed, is an integral component of Cutleri, a trio that includes Jessie Shaffer and Christen Napier. Together with Mike Millazzo and Matt Boyle, the three have now recorded their debut album. Their first official release was a collection of songs by the name of "Let Me Show You My Sweater", which combined live performances and early recordings. With a sweeping acoustic foundation that sounds like a soft warm summer wind before it blows, the vocals are diverse and mostly composed of several female voices in harmony, like a moody picture that you can take in at your leisure with the painted strings of the violin enhancing its romantic character. The singing is also gritty at times and driven by a few percussive elements that create a bluesy atmosphere with licks of merrily shaken bells. Harmonica and banjo complete the musical form. If you are hoping for more experimental sounds, you won’t be disappointed, because the three women veer off in weird directions after the initial impression, with hollow meandering woodwinds, warped rattles, and drifting violins making for an agreeable marriage. These experimentations are tempered and speak a language of folk that indulges in the American tradition, but then unexpectedly lurch into a song like “Probably, but We Shouldn’t Talk About It” with its wild clarinet licks. The music is at its most beautiful when the diverse vocals meet in harmony, adjusting themselves to one another. “We Sink Ships” is a wondrous collection of excellent songs that can stand alone or form the links to a very decorative chain.