Standing at the Crossroads
Slow, brooding, dark folktales and twisted Americana abound on the third release from The Aimless Blades. This Milwaukee based band is led by Blaine Schultz, whose somewhat bedraggled voice is the epitome of world-weary indifference. The band follows suit with a loose and vibe-heavy mix of space-tinged alt. Country, with forays into lo-fi indie rock. Slow drawn violin, Nicky Hopkins-like piano and the occasional lazy saxophone all blend in well with the core rhythm section which creates a sound that's neither dated nor typical - just honest and raw. While hints of the Stones, Neil Young and Velvet Underground have been cited by fans, one might also note the lonesome balladry of greats like Townes Van Zandt underlying the whole affair. However you want to define them, they remain curiously engaging in a strung-out sort of way. (Madcity Records)
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