Drawn Ship Low Domestic

Drawn Ship Low Domestic
Drawn Ship don't flaunt their minimalism as brazenly as fellow duos like the White Stripes or the Black Keys, but the Vancouver, BC-based two-piece are similarly devoted to their less-is-more philosophy. Frontwoman Lyn Heinemann and drummer Gregg Steffensen add no unnecessary frills to these 11 songs, and aside from the occasional overdub and some harmonies from buzz-worthy songstress Hannah Georgas, they never deviate from their stripped-down approach. It's by no means an easy listen ― the lyrical subject matter is frequently harrowing, as Heinemann addresseses heavy themes like drug addiction, war and crumbling relationships, and the stark arrangements add to the austere atmosphere. Luckily, tracks like the slinky "Glass Eye" and cathartic waltz "Adventure Series" contain enough smart pop hooks and spiky guitar/drums interplay to make this a rewarding album that offers greater returns with each listen. (Scratch)