Review: Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

Punch BrothersOne of the most vital bands in folk music today, the Punch Brothers take listeners on a ride they are unlikely to forget with their latest record, The Phosphorescent Blues. While they boast instrumentation that, on the surface, would classify them in the realm of bluegrass music, their neo-traditional approach to their music is what makes their records so fascinating. Following the ironically titled “Familiarity,” the 10-minute opus that opens the album, Punch Brothers perform perfectly executed renditions of tracks by classical composers Debussy and Scriabin but also show relative simplicity is king on songs like “I Blew It Off,” “Julep” and “Forgotten.”