Boomkat Product Review:
Produced by Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum (and made available through his own imprint) this album by one man band Thanksgiving (aka Portland's Adrian Orange) is regarded in certain quarters as a bit of a modern classic in the lo-fi singer-songwriter world. The elements that constitute Orange's music could hardly be more pared down and simple: the overwhelming majority of the album is constituted from guitar and voice but somehow this avoids sounding repetitive or exhausting over sixteen tracks purely by merit of the quality of the songs on offer, which tend towards the kind of lonesome, lamenting tone Will Oldham has such mastery over. Towards the album's centre, Elverum's production starts to intervene with the tone of the songs, conjuring walls of digital distortion on 'Years (Seasons)' and distorted kick drums on the beautiful 'Nowhere'. Comically, there are songs on here called 'Home Alone' and 'Home Alone 2', the first of which features some quivering steel drums while it's counterpart breaks from the form of the record's first half altogether by turning out noisy full-band jams. After the stripped bare moroseness of 'No One's Dancing', Orange switches mood once again for the shuffling, Smog-like 'Judges', launching into the album's final stretch sounding thoroughly revitalised. Wonderful.