Fluff is the debut solo album by Steve Marino. He is, however, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been releasing albums under the Moor Hound moniker for the last decade. Reasons for his name change seem to, oddly perhaps, point to the fact he is now collaborating with producer Ben Lumsdaine. Fans of Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado and Sun Kil Moon will enjoy this. LP and CD on Darling.
Vinyl LP £19.49 DAR023LP
LP on Darling.
CD £11.49 DAR023CD
CD on Darling.
Good old Steve eh? Carrying a set of drums on the rear sleeve, putting a picture of a hamburger on the front. So far, so unpretentious. His laid back Americana influenced lollops are lovely from the get go.
The opening title track is a gorgeously laid back slab of Kurt Vile / the Lemonheads style strumming that eases you nicely into a likeable album. Steve has an acoustic guitar and he’s going to strum it at you pleasantly. It's medium to slow paced, nicely melodic and minimal especially on On The Line which uses just a couple of chords and sees his voice effected with some kind of tremolo. The voice has that plangent quality of someone like Evan Dando where you can tell from the tone that he’s a nice laid back guy. The further the album drifts on, the further into introspection it goes with some fingerpicking laments like Open Door but it’s the Lemonheads meets Elliott Smith strumming of tracks like Under the Table that charm the most.
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