Light In The Attic reissue a haunting folk album from Eric Caboor and David Kaufman. The duo released Greetings From Suicide Bridge in 1984 and today it will deservedly find a new audience. It provides an insight into the sleazy, dysfunctional life of the Hollywood scene, while also painting introspective portraits of outsider life and personal day-to-day struggles. The pair cite influences such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman in their work, but have recorded their own distinctive songs that resonate strongly.
This is a fantastic album of hidden depth that is further revealed listen after listen. The songs are crafted with engaging narratives, the musicianship is refined and has been recorded expertly. The morbid title should certainly not dissuade listeners from embarking on an LP with an evocative sense of environment and atmosphere. These are timeless recordings.
The macabre title refers to a photo shoot that the duo embarked on at the Colorado Street Bridge, a site of more than 100 suicide jumps and eerie feelings. The bridge was renamed by locals accordingly. Caboor would pass the bridge as a child and remembered that it gave him “the chills”. Kaufman, an East Coast native, visited for the first time for the shoot, having moved closer to Caboor for music. It was a relocation that would cement a fruitful musical partnership. Again the quality of research, liner notes and presentation of this release is first class, with some excellent interview material. Light In The Attic build again upon their slept-on recordings of North American music, following last year’s sublime release, Native North America (Volume 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985.