Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.


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.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Mikael Wood

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

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


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation