A recommendation to me, now for you all: Olds Sleeper

On 20 January, 2010 by slowcoustic

Olds Sleeper

Something I like is getting a recommendation for something and then realize that it has caught you off guard and kicked you in the teeth.  Olds Sleeper did just that – Fringe country at its best.

Recommended from one of my Last.fm group members and as they tend to know what I like due to me shoving my musical taste down their throat as much as possible.  So with that I knew it had to have some merit.  What the “catches me off guard” refers to is when you find someone who you might think is “only” a singer songwriter that seems a bit gruff country turns out to be lo-fi, experimental and a small pinch of noise troubadour.  Not the type of artist that will be making an appearance on the next Gossip Girl, but that is just another reason to dig your teeth into it.  It’s dirty, got guts, dusty jeans and includes a heart of gold on the inside – you just know it.

While he has 3 full albums to download for free on his website (blogger icon below), it may take you 3 months to actually digest them – they are thick, cryptic, angry, sad and all ready for the open road.  The Catching Night Before Dawn might be more for the acoustic songwriter crowd, the Horseheads may be more for the dirty country folks and I am just listening to Rise and Rust now!  If you have the time to, listen, if you don’t, then stop and treat yourself to an escape with this old sleeper.  Oh, and don’t get scared if it goes sideways for a bit, it always rights itself and that is a bit of the charm of Olds Sleeper!

“I Knew A Mountain (Remix)”
“So Much”
~Taken from Catching Night Before Dawn

Cocaine, Pistols, Tequila”
“Devil by the Trees”
~Taken from Horseheads

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8 Responses to “A recommendation to me, now for you all: Olds Sleeper”

  • currently downloading the three free albums…I have high hopes in this. I’ll come back to you as soon as I gave a listen. thx for the hint.

  • Geordie

    I like this and I haven’t even heard it yet. I know I’m gonna like it. Nice work kiddo :-)

  • Terry Ó C

    Just listened to a few tracks from these guys over on hype. That article related me here and I’m just gonna go ahead say thanks to the dude(ette) that vouched them to you on last.fm, and thank to you and thanks to hype machine and ‘you’re welcome” to those I am about to enlighten.

    Loving what I hearing here.

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we give a band the thumbs up.

    All aboard :)

  • I just listened to Catching Night Before Dawn and I’m currently in the middle of Horseheads. As far as I can tell, this is great alt country – maybe sometimes a bit too experimental (see track A Postscritpt) but overall just lovely.

  • just want to thank you for putting this up… and the kind words…and yes orange, i am aware that “too experimental” is an issue…but its what drives the machine. peace to all of you.

  • soobiedoob

    The real deal……no doubt!

  • c'est moi

    He is one of the best ever…

  • T $

    Oldssleeper ur dreamy !!

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