This album should have been more appropriately called travel diaries and journeys from the States. A document to the touring life, Home Address for Civil War is a resting journey within a journey that spanned space and time. You could say it started off in Omaha, Nebraska, where Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins met. They both were musicians in separate bands, but conjoined when they fell in love, became a couple and had a child. Inspired, they wrote a few songs and started off on a tour as a family, road tripping across the country in a motorhome until it broke down in Greensboro. And like a glorious tale from 19th Century Americana and the entitlement of perseverance, it’s Greensboro where they stayed. I’m sure reality is not as grandiose, but the story does leave much to the imagination.
Call this a musical experience to this real life experience, the songs bring out the emotion of their times and experiences through the expression of dreamy sounds and charged guitars layering on each other. a nod to My Bloody Valentine could not be compared any other way.
I would consider the album more as a complement to the past few years. A poetic analogy, the songs reach a height that does not go beyond what you could find in a Yo La Tengo album or some varied dream pop inspired band. However, when you get to “Over and Over,” you hit the motherload. It’s unsuspecting and catches you off guard, but the way the guitars and rhythms interchange with each other is jaw dropping. For every lack luster element on this album, there is another that will blow your mind.
“Lately (I’ve Been Wondering)” is like pouring a dreamsicle over those doey-eyed Love and Rocket songs. They make it all seem like child’s play being able to take soft-spoken pop and amplify it not with volume but with substance. It’s absolutely incredible.
Despite the minor personal dis-satisfactions (more depth, less feedback), Home Address for Civil War is a monument without identity, geography without boundaries, a blessed union grown stronger through music.