There are intimate records, and then there's Doghouse Dreams by Georgetown, Ontario, duo the Undesirables.
Sean Cotton and Corin Raymond have since moved to Toronto, but this stripped-down disc sounds like it was recorded right on their rural Canadian porch. Combining blues, ragtime and country with touching lyrics about their hometown, this disc is a great summer cottage listen - especially the boozy opener This Town.
While the gritty, Kid Rock-like choruses and infectious harmonies are worth a listen alone, it's the warm production - it sounds like they're playing right in front of you - and simple arrangements that make this a memorable listen.
The Undesirables play Hugh's Room June 23.