If album releases were outdoor adventures, Olds Sleeper would be Survivor Man as the Lancaster, Pennsylvania musician takes self-sufficiency to Olympic standards. Olds Sleeper write the songs, creates the album artwork, records, produces, and promotes all of his own music. Heart Like a Guitar, the latest release from Olds Sleeper, was recorded in various spots around the musician’s house, the recordings still-warm raw, the honesty of the songs maintaining their origin’s integrity and the stories as facts of life passed across a kitchen table.
A near whispered vocal floats over the quiet picking of opening cut “Railroad Tracks” as a weak winter light pales next the flame of memory Olds Sleeper holds out as the tales history. Heart Like a Guitar slides around the strings, bending the notes to host the questions and answers of “Like a Star”, seeks a way home through clouds of audio-distortion with “Please Help Me”, counts the rhythm for “Minstrel One” on soft taps, and hushes the sound reverently to speak “Elegy”. Olds Sleeper has a plan to create quiet music. Heart Like a Guitar achieves those goals with the random notes and carefully orchestrated strums of “Soul on Fire” while it walks desert trails measuring distance both physical and emotional with “Thunder and Lightning” while Olds Sleeper scratches out a groove before handing over the rhythm to a percussive heartbeat for “Not Giving Up”.
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