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Dusty Ravens – Stories of Love and Death

The beauty of Dusty Ravens’ debut album Stories of Love and Death is hearing musicians play the music they love.

The band members report a shared fascination with Mexico and have created a blend of folk, country and Mexican Mariachi. Flamenco guitars and French horns meet acoustic guitars, resulting in passionate, original songs. Maggie Raven’s ethereal vocals complement Andy Meehan’s Nick Cave-like drone, making highlights of radio-friendly tracks Send My Heart and Before You Go.

The eccentricity of Mexicano and mellow folk music from a Sydney band is intriguing and suggests Dusty Ravens might be onto the next big thing just by being themselves. (LH)

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BY LAURIE HACKNEY

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