Rites of Uncovering (Thrill Jockey)

Will Oldham hardly seems like the kind of boss who keeps his employees on a short leash. Yet on this debut by Arbouretum -- a new Baltimore band fronted by Oldham sideman Dave Heumann -- it sounds like Heumann is savoring the first taste of freedom he's had in years. Three of the eight tunes on Rites of Uncovering stretch past the seven-minute mark (a sure sign of a Neil Young fan), and none of them appears to be in any hurry to get anywhere; the point is clearly the journey, not the destination.

That's just as well, since Heumann's not much of a songwriter: Unlike Oldham, who's got a knack for building an entire world into the architecture of a song, Heumann seems content to jam together a handful of psych-folk guitar solos and call it a day. This is at worst a semi-disappointment, especially when you consider the sympathetic assistance he solicits from his own sidemen, guys from knotty art-punk acts like Lungfish and Celebration. Establish a buzz of your choosing, and crank up "Pale Rider Blues" -- you'll scarcely mourn the death of the story arc.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Mikael Wood


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • At the Movies — North by Northwest LIVE @ Severance Hall

    • Sun., Nov. 19
  • John Caparulo @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Nov. 23
  • Cleveland Improv Jam @ Coffee Phix

    • Sundays

© 2017 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation