Earlier this week, Dave Alvin and I were talking about how, of late, there's a good number of fine young songwriters working with an acoustic guitar in what is really folk music, no matter the label.
Max Holmquist is one of them.
Holmquist, who records and performs under the name South of Lincoln, is releasing "The Monsters/Bathroom Sessions" Sunday evening at Duffy's Tavern. His second release of 2011, after January's debut album "Homes," the seven-cut EP is another smartly crafted, compelling performed set of songs.
Not surprisingly, the new songs continue the themes of heartbreak, recovery and redemption from his debut -- the aching wanderlust of "Prowler," the plea for affection and holding close of "Brothers and Sisters," the haunting of the female "Monster" in the stairwell ("I'd rather drown in a sea of tar and down than drown in tears for you").
Some of the songs are soft ballads, others drive on rhythmic, hammering strums as Holmquist proves to be as good a guitarist as he is a lyricist and singer, even pulling off an impressive short "solo" in the midst of "Eleanor."
"The Monsters/Bathroom Sessions" clocks in at 28 minutes. The highest compliment I can pay is that it seems too short. It's that good.
Archeology, Plains and Kyle Harvey will join South of Lincoln on the 6 p.m. show.