Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Wireless

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Wireless

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Punch Brothers

The Wireless

Nonesuch

5 outtakes connect with awe-inspiring musicianship

Recorded during sessions for last year's The Phosphorescent Blues, then included on the double-vinyl version of the album, these five songs are almost as good as the 11 that made the original CD, and that's saying a lot. Punch Brothers are thinking, writing, and playing at such an incredibly high level that each new track reveals how far they've pushed beyond bluegrass and into some undefinable place: Did I just hear what I thought I heard? How did they do that?

On "I Wonder," the only previously unreleased track, the sense of adventure begins in the falsetto sadness of Chris Thile's singing and keeps going in the droning legato of Paul Kowert's bass, the crispness of Noam Pikelny's banjo, the quiet, steadying flatpicking of Chris Eldridge's guitar, and the gracefulness of Gabe Witcher's fiddle. …

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