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Artist: STOP THE WHEEL (@)
Title: Nothing
Format: CD
Label: Madcap collective (@)
Rated: *****
"Lo-fi indie folk" that's the galaxy you'd better look for if you wonna find Stop the wheel. If a title like "Nothing" makes the old farts like me think of punk nihilism, the music comes from another planet, it's folk, mainly acoustic guitar and vocals "back at the origin". At times this cd recalled Evan Dando's Lemonheads in the midst of the "Mrs. Robinson"-phase (above all tracks like "Bastard he was"), but the softest songs are closer to Guided by Voices or Jim O'Rurke (sure, minus his Bacharah-arrangements, so "american folk!" to the bone). Yes, Stop the wheel's music has reminiscences of american folk, Mark Kozlek? Pedro the Lion? I think these guys can appreciate both of 'em. I know I've started by saying "lo-fi", the recording is intentionally rough but good, the way it has to be. I think the main quality of the songwriter here is that the guy in not trying to be anybody else but himself: naive, but not pretentious at all. It's breakfast time and many of these tracks can ease the bore while going to work...sometimes it feels like John Fahey and Nick Drake are the fathers of us all...may God bless both of 'em!!.

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