Something in the world has shifted because yet again I am finding myself setting aside the mastery of electric guitars and songs for slower, seemingly simpler sounds, such as those of the folk band Uniform Motion. While we miss out on their rock art concept of sketches and soundscapes created during live performance, we still manage to experience a layer of unfamiliar, emotional imagery not yet touched upon by the majority of folk artists. The acoustic guitar is doused with melodies reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez, yet the intimately wispy vocals are unique.
This album, rightly titled Pictures, sends us visions of both broken sunlight and dripping rain, heavy flowers and weightless walkways. It’s as if we’ve reached the end of the world, and these guys are here to unassumingly express what’s happening all around us: circular pain and hope. Regardless of one’s endeavors Pictures is a brilliant accomplice to a pensive existence, best enjoyed while lying on the floor in the middle of the night in the dark, waiting for the light to come in.
Download: “The Pen Fallacy” by Uniform Motion
Aaahh Records [Digital LP, 2010]
1. Earthly Diamond
2. Rain And Soil
3. The Pen Fallacy
4. Citizen Grave
5. Cast Iron
6. Fathers Of Our Homeland
7. Falling Off Trees
8. Selling Pictures