It grows on you
S. R Robertson | Oh Henry? | 02/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At first, unless you're stoned or on an assortment of mind-altering substances, this sort of thing might come off as boring to those not fond of jam music. This really isn't music you pay close attnetion to. It's meant to blend in with your environment or a particular experience, but it's not exactly ambience or jazz. At times it's soft enough to where you won't notice it like ambience, but the instrumentation is more often than not diverse and textured---and can often be noisy as well---that you'll find yourself paying different levels of attention to it. The last reviewers 'free-folk' description is fair enough, but music as rich as this doesn't really fit a category. Guitars, pitter-pattering electro-beats, live drums, turntables, radios, bazukis, a jaw harp, and even Indonesian gamelan instruments make their way into these hypnotic recodings. Along the way, they envoke F#A#-era Godspeed, both the Bad Moon Rising and the Goodbye 20th Century eras of Sonic Youth, the free-floating tendencies and instrumental diversity of Cul De Sac, etc. It's good music to zone out to on a long drive, nice soundtracking to a film, or simply just good background music in general."
Lose yourself in it
D. Carver | Franklin, Wisconsin United States | 05/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If John Fahey and Ennio Morricone moved to Oregon and procreated, this would be the music they would use to get in the mood. Its an incredibly original synthesis of post-rock histrionics and American roots music. Free folk is what I call it, but it simply defies description. There is a distinctly western edge to many of the songs, especially Extension; it reminded me of the score for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Elsewhere, distant dissonant saxophone and turntablism find their way into the buzzing, scraping, and plucked guitar music. Highly recommended to anyone looking for something adventurous."