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This Jakob Olausson album opens with a cheery number called 'Don't Drown In Sorrows', in which he borrows the chord sequence from Cameo's '80s classic 'Word Up' and slows it down to a suicidal lollop through the mysterious swamps of this Swedish sugar beet farmer's internal misery. This guy's minimal, doleful folk seems quite downbeat for a label like De Stijl but in this case it would seem that it's not a misjudgement but simply a case of an artist being good enough that genre is rendered irrelevant. Phil heard this yesterday and wasn't crazy about it, but he's really enjoying it today; seems appropriate that a farmer should produce an album which is a 'grower', hey? This actually gets a bit lo-fi and psychedelic in places and has certain shades of the latest American slacker pop set (Ducktails, Real Estate, Woods et al) but it's more specifically rooted in folk than those genre-hopping tykes over the Atlantic. I think that fans of Smog and the Handsome Family will be into this one.
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