Sep 30th, 2011
I’ve been meaning to catch up all the records I’ve been listening to throughout this past month, I probably wont get to all of them, Sept is way too musically dense of a month for me… Plus I had to throw moving across country into the mix- now everything is out of order, especially my schedule. But the sombre shift of the season calls for sad songs, and the fitting return of A.A Bondy.
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The new A.A Bondy record has been highly anticipated for sometime now, and I’d go so far as to argue that A.A Bondy may quite possibly be the saddest man in the world. His latest record “Believers” is a continuation of American Hearts and When the Devil’s Loose: a lonesome man with only flickers of hope but mostly wading through the deep tragedy of being alive. His spooky rusted vocals feel like he’s on the edge of it all, rubbing his temples and shaking his head. And it’s all so wildly attractive, like music for the aching heart.
It’s obvious why A.A Bondy has built a loyal fanbase of equally heartbroken folk that yearn for the softened whistle of a harmonica, and a man alone with his guitar. That, or his perhaps strategic name beginning with A.A perfectly fit for an iTunes library, as he rests on the top of nearly all of our libraries. In plain view, waiting for the day we accidentally press play, or are in need of a good cry.
There’s a minor shift in Believers that suggests some light ahead. The songs all continue on in their sombre key, but it’s fuller. Less of his signature man-with-guitar sound, but more of a full band. There’s still despair, (the album cover is a man walking alone on the side of a highway at night) but Believers seems to be holding onto something. Having some kind of faith. It’s all the warm Americana we could expect from Bondy, but more atmospheric and peaceful. It’s the moment just before sleep, where you’re half awake and nearly dreaming. His music is found in that introspection.
A.A Bondy- Surfer King