I've never really been able to get into poetry. I've got a couple of favourite poems that were studied in school, but for the most part, when you put a poem in front of me, all my brain sees is:
Blah blahbitty blah,
Blahblah blah blahbitty,
Blah blah blah.
O' blah blah blahblahblah,
But something happens when you put it to music. My brain explodes when poetry is put to music.
Case in point:
The poetry of Colin's lyrics is beyond what I can handle.
"A panoply of song"
Seriously? A PANOPLY? Wha?
...and "A barony of ivy in the trees, expanding out its empire by degrees"? A BARONY? Holy eff.
I just can't handle it. When I first listened to the album, I thought for sure I had misheard him. But no, dude actually wrote that.
If you like the Avett Brothers or Iron and Wine or The Fleet Foxes or The Deep Dark Woods or any kind of music, really, you must take a listen to this band. If you dare.