Josiah Wolf: Jet Lag

~ Thursday, 28 January 2010
Wolf takes some time away from his day job as drummer with the excellent WHY? to stretch his legs on his own and shows that he has an ear for creating endearing folk tinged pop. The lo-fi production is on display from the beginning as album opener The Trailer and the Truck crackles into life with looping marimbas, disjointed drums and the low monophonic drone of the Hammond organ holding it all together. Wolf has an expressive and pleasant voice that is quite unusual in its own way.

The whole vibe of the album is reminiscent of Belle and Sebastian, but without the art school pretensions. Sure there is a certain tweeness to the proceedings, but that only serves to make it all the more enjoyable. On The Opposite of Breathing the instrumentation is quite sublime and Wolf's vocal performance could have you thinking Jonathon Richman has popped into the studio. In fact come to think of it most of this album feels very much like a Jonathon Richman record
. That's a good thing in my book.

I like this album a lot. It just works. Take Skull in the Ice for example. It's simple, yet there is a lot going on and that is why it works. This is not one dimensional music. There is something new that reveals itself with every listen. In The Seam is a joyous affair, like a modern day hymn, that really does put a smile on the face even with the slightly dark lyrics.

Album closer The One Sign is packed with atmosphere and is sparse, soulful even, the tape allowed to run at the end picking up the intriguing yet undefinable sounds in the background.
This is a great album that keeps giving and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it even more 6 month from now.

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