Get Lonely almost creeps into Blue Nile territory with introspective images and thoughts being played out over a musically sympathetic background
I particularly enjoyed the drawing of the girl with a bloody great vole on her head. Well they are from Norway…
Very much in the school of Terry Riley, Be Still is an incredibly rewarding listen.
Be warned, at no point are volume levels raised; restraint and downtrodden charm are present right from the opening bars on Hotaru.
“All songs written, recorded, produced and played by Rob in his room except for some parts probably recorded at Zach’s house whilst he was at lunch.”
As my father said when he was unwittingly (certainly unwillingly) exposed to the track Spine Milk, “it sounds like they had all their instruments pinched and went to the kitchen”
This LP really should have a sticker saying “banjos and singing saws were used in the making of this recording”…
Its not all moping around you know.
Sparseness of arrangement can be readily forgiven when you have a set of songs as strong as on To the Races.
I’d say that there are nods to the softer side of Yo La Tengo and Green Gartside