Author: Jeremiah Wade
06/26/2002 | Action Attack Helicopter | www.actionattackhelicopter.com | Album Review
Ted Stevens, an accomplished songwriter in his own right, has spent the past few years playing with such indie rock notables as Cursive, Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, The Good Life, and Lullaby for the Working Class. With Mayday, he proves once again his talent for penning compositions that soothe and lilt without putting the listener to sleep. On Old Blood, Stevens is joined by the same friends banded together for small concerts every May 1 (Mayday-get it?) for the past six years, most noteworthy Mike and A.J. Mogis from Lullaby (who also produce) and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes/Desaperaceidos fame. Together, they create an impressive collection of moody folk/country tunes that somehow manage to sound very little like anything else out there right now. Stevens' gift for songcraft and lyricism pervades as the other musicians display a mastery over guitars, vibes, strings, and banjos to lovingly compliment the tone of each song. Bonus: five or so Mayday tracks hidden BEFORE the first track (start the CD and scroll backwards). I listen to this and watch bees make honey.