But mostly downbeat folk is the order of the day on tracks like Valentine's Day, Trudy Dies and Come In. Some of the stronger material is towards the end: O How I Enjoy The Light is a fairly typical Oldham lament with a neat line in warped guitar. The two essential tracks are the relaxed, warm West Palm Beach which features some gorgeous electric guitar lines, and then the Stones-y lazy blues Gulf Shores, a bit like an updated No Expectations. This latter track actually features soothing vocals from Will Oldham and a nice bit of piano. But overall, not a collection for the fairweather fan.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Palace Music - Lost Blues and Other Songs
This is a compilation of singles and rare tracks from the various incarnations of Will Oldham as Palace/Palace Brothers/Palace Music etc. As many collections like this can be, it's a bit all over the shop. It opens with the dead slow but effective folk march of Ohio River Boat Song. Many tracks here are, let's face it, hard going: the rough-as-fuck version of Riding, the completely out of tune singing on Stable Will to name but two.