Cameron Sharp stepped on stage and gave it to us straight.

Cameron Sharp stepped on stage and gave it to us straight.

"My name's Cameron; this is my guitar; we're Sovroncourt."

Solo shows are a somewhat recent phenomenon in the history of Sovroncourt. Sharp's rough-edged experimental folk project used to feature additional instrumentation by Glenn Davis of Way Yes, but Davis has stepped aside now that Way Yes has signed to underground power Lefse Records.

Going it alone didn't prove to be a problem for Sharp last Saturday at Rumba Cafe. His music is the sort I expect to hear plucked out wearily from rotting wooden front porches in rural wastelands by people far too depressed to have sidekicks.

That said, his recent cassette release "Trunk Ship Perth" did exude a Califone-like clicking-clattering future folk vibe that can only be attributed to all the extra snippets of sound in play. Sharp approximated those accents with a kick drum and a set of jingle bells attached to a hi-hat stand. The jingle bells in particular added a lot, be it the three short shakes that ended one song or the incessant chiming that added momentum to another.

Rather than replicate the Microphones-like analog strums that dominate "Trunk Ship Perth," Sharp mostly engaged in elaborate but subtle finger-picking.

Front and center was Sharp's voice, a weathered croon marked by any number of esteemed weirdo folkies from Jeff Mangum to Isaac Brock to Old Hundred's Blake Skidmore. It's certainly not for everybody, but you might find it potent if you're into the backwoods avant-garde.

He used it to sing about icons of Americana. Butch Cassidy, Miss Ohio and even pro wrestling merited mention, a "WWF" name-drop confirming Sharp as a man who turns to nostalgia in his time of despair.

His songs are occasionally harrowing but often merely quiet companions cut from tough material. He's clearly more interested in mood than melody, which can become a bit grating when you're searching for the pop payoff at the end of the tunnel. But for those who like their music stark and sorrowful, Sharp's concocting a sound worth exploring.