Jump, Buck! – The Wolves Must Eat As Well
[tags: indie folk, 2008]
Listen while reading:
Anything They’d Feed Us (from The Wolves Must Eat As Well)
And Indeed, All Was Vanity And Grasping For The Wind (from The Wolves Must Eat As Well)
Belfast/Maine is the home of singer-songwriter and indie folk artist Thomas Dalholt also known under the moniker Jump, Buck! I found him surfing MySpace looking for new bands to feed to all you music sharks out there and I think I landed a good hit this time. The music of Jump, Buck! is not always what you would call acoustic folk, but it is really good all over the time. You’ll find energetic tracks with great drive created by e-guitars and drums (It’s The Blues, I Suppose) along with calm and reflective ballads (Anything They’d Feed Us). Because of these different faces of the record I refer to it as indie folk maybe in the vein of Neutral Milk Hotel but without their affinity for experimentation. You could call the music of Jump, Buck! typical summer music (at least I do so) for it is a great soundtrack to listen to watching the setting of the sun and drinking cool beer and/or beverages of your choice with your friends (and don’t remind me right now that winter is coming closer and closer).
Even though The Wolves Must Eat As Well is almost one year old now (recorded back in December 2008) it is still fresh and entertaining. Especially tracks like the opener The Narrow Needle Eye show the strength and the potential that lies in the band. The song perfectly combines elements of folk, lo-fi music and what you could call indie sound (and yes, I know, indie is not a genre, but, if you like it or not, it is in common use to refer to some sort of music). If you know me you certainly know that I’m not a fan of experiments at all (first and foremost in folk music) and so you can be sure that I’m sceptical of all music that does not sound like I hope it would sound. And therefore it is most unlikely for me to recommend a record like The Wolves Must Eat As Well. But in this case I shamelessly do so and I hope you have fun with it like I have.
If you are interested in the music, you can buy the Mp3s over at digstation.com. For a hard copy of it you can visit cdbaby.com or mail directly to the band. I talked to Thomas and he told me that he is working on new material right now and that there are plans for a second album but with no exact set date yet. Let’s hope they keep up the good work (and maybe focus a little bit more on calm tracks like Darling, Darling or the above mentioned Anything They’d Feed Us – just for the sake of the blog’s theme…no, just kidding). To check out more music, head over to their MySpace site.