Say what you want about Baltimore’s Arbouretum, but theyâ€™ve never been a band to shy away from deep subject matter. They also donâ€™t take their albums and playing lightly.
On album number seven, Coming Out of the Fog, they continue this tradition and deliver a collection that shows its strengths in songs delving into the weakness of man and overcoming them.
Band leader and vocalist Dave Heumann bares his soul in lyrics from the heart. The band’s tight playing and distorted wall of sound give songs like “The Long Night” and “World Split Open” their jaw-dropping power. But the pinnacle of this record is the austere beauty of “Oceans Don’t Sing.â€
If you have the opportunity to hear this album, do so. If you are lucky enough to see Arbouretum live, go. Bands with this sort of talent and conviction are hard to find these days.
Coming Out of the Fog is out now on Thrill Jockey.