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Old Blood

Author: Kyle
09/08/2002 | 30music.com | www.30music.com | Album Review
Saddle Creek Records is a community. It is a community of musicians and songwriters that have helped bring to surface some of the greatest independent music over the past 5 years. Mayday is a part of this intricate community. They recently released Old Blood, a 9 song exhaustively detailed look into the lives of Mayday's cast.

Ted Stevens (Lullaby for the Working Class, Cursive) teamed up with Mike and A.J. Mogis, who played the role as both musician and producer on the recording. 10 additional musicians helped create Old Blood, including Orenda Fink of Azure Ray and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos.

Old Blood captures the listener on the opener "Cinquefoils," with its peaceful rhythm and lulling vocal melodies. Stevens continues to convey his thoughts on "Captain." It is as pleasant as it is haunting as he wails "Have you ever wanted to die."
Oberst takes over with lead vocals on "Confession," which has a Latin-based composition. On "Pilot," the use of violins and strikingly beautiful melody of the song help to make it one of the best on the album. Stevens and company wrap the album up with 10 and half minutes of what seems to be improvised. Apart from the track lacking concrete structure, it helps add to Mayday's distinct sound. The instrumentation is all there with the usage of guitar, banjo, vibraphone, piano and organ.

From opening to closing, Mayday creates an intimate and inviting record. An interesting aspect of the record is that the songs were taken from various demos, most of which were in the works for years.

Old Blood will not disappoint the already thousands of fans of Saddle Creek and their bands. It may take a while for it to be in heavy rotation in your daily record listening life. But once it is there, it's tough to forget about.
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