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Katrina Whitney's vocals are haunting in the same way that Connor Oberst's are, and yet somehow manage to conjure up comparisons to Patsy Cline and Beth Orton. At the right moments, she can easily send a tingle all the way up your spine. ...the band has managed to create something very unique here: straddling a number of genres and yet not succumbing to the typical failings of any one of them. - Nicholas Plante


The opening is very similar to the way Hem opens their debut album, and the bands are very similar in that they give a lovely modern interpretation to old-fashioned traditional folk songs. But this Seattle quartet takes their interpretation to a much darker place. These songs hang in shadows with the sinister feel of a David Lynch film. They share a gothic tone with bands like Black Heart Procession, but share a western style with bands like Tarnation. - Janice


Neo-folk and alt-country from this American four-piece that sounds like someone taken from the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack, only a bit darker and stranger. If there wasn't such a dark and melancholic overall feel in the songs on this EP, I'd almost feel tempted to compare Euclid to the likes of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Patsy Cline (perhaps mostly because of Katrina's voice), but the backing band sounds more like the Cowboy Junkies or perhaps even Sixteen Horsepower. - Hans Jakup Eidisgard


Though it's a brief affair, it hints at a band who have quickly found their sound, and are simply improving on it. From the opening, scratchy "Little Dove," their agenda is set: old-timey country music. They take a few pages from the Tarnation songbook, and with a little band stability, have made a record that is dark yet delicate, powerful yet vulnerable. Lacing the opening track with scratchy vinyl record pops and hisses, they've created a mental nostalga, making themselves seem quite older than they really are. Throw in the dueling siren-song vocals of Katrina Whitney and Renee Raiteri, and you'll soon find yourself in a dusty old honky-tonk. All of the songs have a dirty, wind-blown streets of frontier towns feel to them; that Euclid's singers sound not unlike Patsy Cline doesn't hurt their mystique, either. While it could be argued that they're simply following the Tarnation formula, might I argue that such a formula was quite wonderful, even if Tarnation didn't survive it? Yeah, I'll argue that one. In fact, I think that they're better than Tarnation, and considering how highly I hold them, that is indeed saying something for this little band. - Joseph Kyle


A self-consciously lo-fi old-timey work (even down to fake crackles and hisses), Euclid's debut six track EP sits somewhere between "Oh Brother..." (if it had been made by David Lynch instead of the Coens) and the Cowboy Junkies seminal "Trinity Session". Neo-folk, Gothic Americana definitely seems to be the next big thing, and Euclid are definitely among its better
purveyors. - Patrick Wilkins


On this six-song EP, Seattle's Euclid go about creating an interesting, if sometimes eerie mix that brings together the music of Beth Orton, a touch of David Crosby (mostly his first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name) and a pinch of Appalachia. Like Cowboy Junkies' The Trinity Sessions, Carthage is made mostly for late nights, for setting a mood rather than enhancing an already existing one. Put this on in the middle of a party and you're likely to clear the room, put it on just as the first waves of guests arrive and you're likely to get them in the mood to talk and stay a while. - Jedd Beaudoin


Discography

Carthage EP - 2003
Tracks getting airplay: 3. Rocky Trail

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Bio

Euclid is an Country-Noir band that formed in Seattle in 2002. They have been playing out regularly in the Northwest and have been getting nothing but positive write-ups. Their debut EP (self-released in 2003) drew international press and radio with comparisons to bands like Cowboy Junkies, Sixteen Horsepower, Gillian Welch and Mojave 3. They also received calls, emails and letters from artists like Michael Gira (Swans), Neil Halstead & Rachel Goswell (Mojave 3), Alan Sparhawk (Low) and Jesse Sykes, praising their music.

Much of EuclidÂ’s music incorporates a traditional gospel style with Appalachian folk, real country, moody ballads, haunting lullabies and surprisingly intense moments. The themes they center on range from death, love and faith to long-suffering, doubt and rebellion. While they wouldn't consider themselves to be a "religious band," they explore dark religious themes in the same manner that Sixteen Horsepower, Nick Cave or Johnny Cash (RIP) would, as a personal collection of stories and reflections, and the struggle for redemption.

Euclid has had the opportunity of sharing the stage with numerous local and national favorites such as Damien Jurado, Joel RL Phelps and The Downer Trio, The Black Eyed Snakes (featuring Alan Sparhawk of Low), Saeta, and An American Starlet.