The Anomoanon: Joji
Hailing from the same rural Kentucky town that birthed fellow longhairs MyMorning Jacket, The Anomoanon's music sythesizes backwoods folk andarena-ready anthems. Combining Ned Oldham's familiar croon with theacoustic textures of Led Zeppelin and inspirational dirge of Crazy Horseinto a sound that seems so natural, one wonders if this record wasn't justwaiting around for these guys to discover it. Saying that this is theband's most accomplished recording is downright redundant, since it's alsoone of the finest of its kind by anyone. In a sea of glorified bar bandsposing as hipster revivalists, Joji finds The Anomoanon dropping from thesky and landing on both feet with a rhythmic stomp that rattles every bonein your body.
Anomoanon: Portrait of John Entwistle
A Portrait of John Entwistle is the fourth installment of the WesternVinyl portrait series, which has included Bonnie Prince Billy, Papa M, andAppendix Out, and is scheduled to include Robert Lippok, Mick Turner, andKohn. The Anomoanon have chosen to develop a portrait of John Entwistle,former bass player for the Who, after his death in 2002. The four tracks,each pulsing with the energy of the late Entwistle, include threeoriginals and one cover. In the end, the album leaves the listener with asense of warmth and longing and a renewed perspective on the absenceEntwistle has left behind
Anomoanon: Asleep Many Years In the Wood
Returning with his band, The Anomoanon, Ned Oldham has carefully crafted an album ripe with country crooners, slow burning ballads and the occasional raucous back woods jam. Joining the band are brothers Will (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), David Heumann (also in Bonny's band) and David Michael Curry on viola. Inspired by the birth of Ned's son and daughter, these songs have a communal, heartfelt warmth previously only hinted at on Anomoanon recordings. There's an overwhelming beauty and depth to these songs that is simply heartbreaking; a charming series of stories about the family as told by the family themselves. Recalling a diverse batch of influences ranging from Neil Young to Uncle Tupelo, Asleep Many Years in the Wood is a sentimental walk through the woods that lets you in on the family secrets, but also lets you in on the family fun.