Like Trees We Grow Up To Be Satellites (The Backwards America) (Temporary Residence/Sonic Unyon)
Just in case you were growing weary with the increasing glut of neo-folksters championing the “quiet is the new loud!” campaign, William Trevor Montgomery has arrived to keep you interested. While his Lazarus project is essentially a folk album at heart, it actually tries hard not to be one. The first third exhibits the usual delicately plucked acoustic numbers and aching vocals, but once “The Poet Of Emptiness” rolls around, the quasi-electronic, atmospheric elements of Montgomery’s music slowly start to reveal themselves. Tape loops, samples, piano and the odd vibraphone take these songs away from the usual acoustic fare in favour of quirkier, yet still emotional, folk pop. You don’t have to be nursing a broken heart to throw this one on.