This cd found it’s way to me via Sarah Davis, a name you might recognize from another ninebullets fave, Alone At 3am. She was/is a part of the creation and was really excited to get it some radio play on it and after listening to a single track from it on youtube; so was I. A few emails were exchanged and suddenly I had the complete cd. Literally straight from the mastering house. Untagged mp3’s and all (my fault since I was the one who compressed the files).

Arlo McKinley and Co. come to us via Cincinnati, Ohio and in a rare twist they’re a band that spent a few years honing their sound before releasing any material. The band, having formed back in 2011 showed a patience we rarely see anymore by letting the membership and sound go through it’s normal flux before exposing us in the outside of Ohio world know who they were. Hell, there is still scant information on them on the internets right now. That said, the patience paid off in spades when the band entered The Southgate House Revival to begin tracking their debut album, live, in a single day.

With a little internet googles you will learn that The Southgate House Revival is a former Episcopal church turned venue/occasional recording room. Arlo and Co. chose to record in the upstairs room, known as The Revival Room which had formerly served the Sunday School spaces. It was a favorite of the engineers due to it’s high ceilings, open space and clean sounds. The resulting recording you hear is those sessions with but a few harmonies added via a “professional” studio.

My take on the cd?

Perfection. For the soundscape it lies in I challenge you to find a flaw in it. It’s almost scary how good this album is in my opinion. Like, unrepeatable good. If you’re a Will Quinlan fan you need to stop reading and buy this album now. Trust me. This really isn’t a prime-time Saturday night album but under much examination, I have found it perfect for work, cooking, driving and (once by accident) masturbating.

It’s undeniably Essential Listening and this kid might be one of my favorite bands.

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  1. I’ve listened to this record a couple of times and I have to agree. It is ridiculously good, understated but interesting.
    And learning that the band didn’t rush to record makes a ton of sense when you listen to it and I wish more bands did that. Just because you can afford pro tools doesn’t mean you’re ready to make a record.

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