Sometimes the right type of music streaming into one's home can transform the harsh reality of the world outside. So it was for me today, as the fleeting, mellow sounds of Solomon's Hollow drifted from the speakers, forming images of a warm, relaxing middle American day spent on the deck, in stark contrast to the foulness of the New York thunder storm lashing at my window panes.
With a style firmly rooted in the involute creations of songsmiths like Iron & Wine and Joanna Newsom, there's a folk bent here that rides, with confident subtlety, away from the monotone plod of some such acoustic artists. The secret ingredient seems to lie in the attention to detail of Nate Agenbroad, the Boise, ID based creative force behind the more enigmatic musical monicker.
MP3: Solomon's Hollow - Silent Film
Taken from new album Genre Studies, released 10th November 2010
By his own admission, this gent is unable to hand over creative control, even to the point of mixing and mastering the songs himself. Perhaps to the chagrin of talented sound engineers everywhere, the results speak for themselves, with the potential of each song realised. The minute detail is wherein much of the beauty lies, the lilting harmonica that opens Dakota, or the distant vocal of Silent Film, striving to be the equal of the winding instrumentation weaving atop it, providing cases in point.
More than capable of providing escape to a calmer place, the new album Genre Studies should find plenty of listeners seeking out its tranquil landscape come the release in November. And if such conditions continue here in New York, I'll keep Solomon's Hollow as my Sunday sound track for the foreseeable future.