Ned Oldham is a man of many folk talents, mainly playing the Americana game and always paying homage. He has played under many monikers including Palace and most recently Old Calf, in which he played as part of a roots-obsessed trio -- accordion, harmonica, acoustic bass and all. The two tracks on this 'Further Gone' 7" show off his affection to bluegrass and traditional folk music.
Tracks:Further Gone Now And Then
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Ned Oldham’s brand of folk is idyllic and countrified, but never over-articulated. As a songwriter, his greatest assets are his precision and restraint; he never hams up the organ too much, never places one too many a striking chord.
The arrangements on this 7” stand as testament to that: “God Will Let Me Know” is patient and knowing, building slowly to Oldham’s lyrics and filling the space between them with modestly arranged tricks, be it a percussive fill or a cute xylophone riff. And then there’s Oldham’s voice itself: subtle, receding and assured. It sounds somewhere between an older, wiser version of Sufjan Stevens’ coo and a less trembling, never worried Chad VanGaalen.
On “Further Gone”, his voice feels like a particular revelation, meandering through twanging guitar riffs and violin that can only be called pastoral -- he never rises too high in the mix, but he’s always a clear presence. Like a ‘Five Leaves Left’ era Nick Drake, the future happily unwritten, ‘Further Gone / God Will Let Me Know’ is the work of a contented musician letting the world know.
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