Phew, after the hard-as rush of Mastodon yesterday, Old Man River is like stepping outside a packed, hot, sweaty venue into the air of a cool summer evening.
Yet another associate of one of our favourites, Luke Steele, Old Man River is the stage and band name for Ohad Rein, a Sydney-based musician who first came to our attention through his association with Nations By The River, who we've previously reviewed here.
Crossing the line between pop and alt-country, Old Man River aren't trying to rewrite the popular music songbook. Instead, they're bringing a sensitivity and timelessness to what is often times a tired genre. It helps that Rein has a effortlessly pleasing voice and the ability to write tracks that stick in this listener's head for days.
And thanks to some quick thinking by Mine, it looks as though we'll be seeing him live later in the month. What a lovely way to start what looks to be a very busy few months for us on the live music front. (Mine says: always the way in the southern hemisphere summer, but who's complaining? Gorillaz here we come!!!)
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
Another in our seemingly-endless selection of "beautiful music" - which has prompted me to create a playlist for the iPod. Sleepy Jackson, M Ward, Nations By The River, Elliot Smith, Martin Craft - who else? I could go for days just listening to one gorgeous, dreamy pop song after another. My life would float by in a haze of roses and light. Soma for the ears.
I wonder how long I'd last before the need for some serious dirty rock emerged. And will this output sometime in the future make its way on to a "beautiful music" radio station? Does this mean I'm listening to the equivalent of Simon and Garfunkel? (YourZ sez: no, this is better in so many ways) Do I know what I'm talking about?
Whatever I mean, I'm glad we have this CD. Long live dreamy pop.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
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