Friday, January 25, 2008

J. Tillman's "Minor Works"

Undertow Music has issued J. Tillman's "Minor Works" for the first time in the U.S. "Minor Works" is Tillman's first proper studio record and was released in Europe in October 2006 by the French label Fargo Records. "Minor Works" is at it's essence, 9 beautifully stark soul-baring tracks. With a vocal style reminiscent of Ray LaMontagne, Tillman crafted a "Harvest" era collection of touching ballads. The record maintains its minimalist feel despite a full backing band featuring pedal steel guitars and strings, which is a true testament to the power of Tillman's musical and lyrical depth. The album is available for order now via amazon.com or undertowstore.com. Downloads should be available soon through iTunes, eMusic and Rhapsody. Here are two of my favorites from the record for your sampling pleasure. Look for J. Tillman in March at SXSW.

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