Kodiak Deathbeds is the latest project from Derek Fudesco (of The Cave Singers) and Black Mountain's Amber Webber who, much like her psychedelic brethren, seems to have a penchant for spawning new projects with catchy names.
According to Webber's interview with Exclaim!, the formation of the duo came about when she agreed to collaborate with Fudesco after he approached her at one of his shows. Since then, seven songs have apparently been recorded, but so far only three in total have been made public on their SoundCloud account, all of which appeared several months apart.
Musically, the duo bears more resemblance to Fudesco's work with The Cave Singers. Unlike the Seattle band though, his finger-picked acoustic melodies fly solo as fully stripped-down folk compositions accompanied only by Webber’s vocals.
"Cross That Line” is very much the definition of that minimal approach, where a tender voice singing over mellow guitar lines is all the listener gets and, perhaps, all they really need. The previously released “We Found a Home” and “Rattle & Roar” are pretty laid-back songs already, but there’s an even tamer pace here that evokes a delicacy reminiscent of Iron & Wine, made all the better by Webber’s subtle vibrato echoing through the pair’s most tranquil track yet.
An album is supposedly being planned for a spring release, though there has been no official confirmation yet. Until then, we'll just have to remain patient.