Austin’s Knife in the Water isn’t the most active band as of late. While they did release new music three years ago, the time before was fourteen years prior. While it could be argued that their selective returns mean that the music is that much better, their new single shows some nostalgia while elevating their sound to new spaces. The single, a cover of the Marvin Rainwater song “Tears Won’t Make The Cotton Grow” is a remarkable track that should regale fans of the band while finding new ones in the process.
Complete with twang filled notes, the song opens up like a Texas Bluebonnet. The vocals fall low in the register yet still hold your attention as pedal steel and drums keep the pace. the song becomes more and more cinematic and grand as it plays out. Orchestral touches move the song into a larger space, giving way to a larger sound. It’s definitely a more expansive approach that works at every turn.
The song is ready to stream on all services or to purchase digitally via Keeled Scales Records. The song is also available on Bandcamp.
Image Credits: Photo by Bill McCullough.