Olds Sleeper (from the album Who You Are Right Now available on QuietSongs Records)
While the songs of Olds Sleeper stay true to a LoFi credo, the tracks on the recent release Who You Are Right Now are moments in time captured to tape. Olds Sleeper presents the tunes as audio snapshots, words and music revealed in real-time, the tracks of Who You Are Right Now wheeled out before the paint has dried, the scent of the story still fresh. The guitar strums become a trance-invoking musical mantra as Olds Sleeper tells of the joys of favorite poets on “Wonderful World”, a story its author recalls ‘started with the idea of poems having a drug-like effect’. Tuning the guitar to find perfect notes, Olds Sleeper asks “Ain’t We Got Love”, a tale the songwriter claims reminds him of why he does what he does. Who You Are Right Now fills the glass half full with the laughs found in a dive diner as it pours the story into “Dirty Coffee Cup” and tributes southern writer “Larry Brown”.
Quiet places are the spots that Olds Sleeper sets up gear to record his songs, the method resulting in a purity to the sound, noticeable in the ambient bird calls that back the words and music of “Duke’s Ballad” and in the rumbling echoes of the fretless minstrel banjo guiding the cries of “Invocation”. A myriad of guitar notes flicker, Olds Sleeper using the acoustic sparkle of strings to fill “Cracks” as Who You Are Right Now touches “Where You Been So Long” with Country Blues, strums rolling chords as a current coursing under the river tale of “First I Found”, and admits “Don’t Care Where You Been”, wrapping the confession with the cries from a three-string cigar-box guitar.
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