J. Tillman has always created a very minimalist style of folk, and this sound once again dominates his new track “Three Sisters”, from his upcoming Singing Ax release. With minimalism, there’s a fine balance between the risk of being bland and sans any melody, and creating something astonishingly brilliant. Tillman knows this line well, and flirts with it frequently. No surprise: his skilled footwork keeps him on the side of brilliance.
With a soft guitar tap, a few twangy harmonic plucks, and a dominating near a cappella vocal melody, “Three Sisters” is quiet folk at its best, stripped down and brutally honest. And in the moments where the volume increases substantially in little bursts of accompaniment, pure genius is achieved.
Singing Ax is Tillman’s seventh record. Recorded in three days by Steve Albini and mastered by Bob Weston, the album is available from Western Vinyl.
Download: “Three Sisters” by J. Tillman