Opening with the airy “Five Miles”, the collection features ten tracks, including current single, the bouncy “Pick Up The Pieces”, that - whether dealing with infidelity, jealousy, death, or front man Felix Bechtolsheimer’s struggles with heroin - have a beautifully ambient and intimately personal feel.
“Each Time You Hurt” is as delicate as it is honest “Dreams only let you down/Truth turns it all around”; “London Rain,” with its jazzy backdrop, emits an ominous vibe, while the folky “He Takes My Place” offers a sexually charged despondency. The album is rounded out with the infectious foot-stomper “Send for the Whiskey,” the intense "All I Got," and “Don’t Look Down” which closes out the album on a melancholy note, accepting the end of a relationship. “If that smiles not all you’re faking/We were cheating from the start.”
With Severed, Curse of Lono bring an edge to Americana, crafting a record that cuts into the darker aspects of life, yet somehow making them just as beautiful as the happier ones.