The New York City based Tam Lin recently released their latest effort Medicine For A Ghost this past November. Founded back in 2005, the folk outfit is mainly known for their simplistic themes amid songwriting that references things all around the world. Flanked by an interesting array of instruments and Paul Weinfield's crisp vocals, Medicine For A Ghost is a wonderful addition to the collection of folk rock fans.
The album kicks off on a high note with "Flame Within The Sun" where listeners will quickly grow accostumed to Weinfield's easygoing storytelling. The fun continues on title track "Medicine For A Ghost" highlighted by an almost eerie plucking that will become an earworm after only one listen. If you're looking for examples of Weinfield's clever, catchy songwriting then look no further than "Flowers Of Hell" and "The Other Life."
While listening to Medicine For A Ghost, Weinfield's vocal delivery reminded me of Elvis Costello. Both men weave beautiful stories within their music and don't just attempt to fit into popular culture. Tam Lin's tracks on the album have a wide range of subjects including the biblical story of Jonah on the appropriately titled "Jonah" and an ancient civilization in modern Lebanon on "Phoenicia." At times the storytelling is accentuated by elegant accompaniment including a harmonium, cello, and even a trumpet. Not exactly what one might expect from folk rock, but it fits perfectly. Medicine For A Ghost won't be a huge commercial success on a bunch of year-end lists, but for those who enjoy a great folk storytelling album - this one is for you. Highly Recommended.