Dave Heumann - Here in the Deep (Thrill Jockey) 2015
Arbouretum head guy Dave Heumann releases his debut solo album and a laid back, lightly fried affair it is. Mixed by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, the sound of Here In The Deep shares audible similarities with the Dorset war queen’s work. The opening guitar strum and crunch of “Switchback” keeps feeling like it should explode into a firework storm, but instead seems content to just grind its teeth in disconsolate circular motions. Tracks like “Cloud Mind” and “Ides of Summer” have definite traces of folk getting heads together in the country while the instrumental “Morning Remnants” feels like the dawn arising after a difficult, dark night. A postcard from a good place.