The Acorn – Glory Hope Mountain, The Empty Bottle April 25

by Woody on April 23, 2008

The Acorn

When I was really young my parents would always try and get me to eat McDonald’s cheeseburgers. That was supposed to be my special treat, but all I wanted to do is eat hot dogs. No matter who told me how good these cheeseburgers were, all I wanted to do was eat me some hot dogs. Finally one day I broke down sunk my teeth into my first McDonald’s cheeseburger and, you know what? It was mighty delicious.

What the hell does this have to do with The Acorn? I’ve been reading so many positive reviews about Glory Hope Mountain that I just kept on putting it off. I finally broke down and downloaded this album on eMusic and, much like that first bite of US Grade A Beef, I was hooked immediately. The songs feel like a house of cards – like they can fall apart at any moment and I guess that’s what appeals to me. Glory Hope Mountain is a haunting, fragile piece of work that’s full of emotion.

And these songs should sound emotional. Glory Hope Mountain tells the turbulent life story of lead singer Rolf Klausener’s mother; her mother who died during childbirth, her abusive father, natural disasters that plagued her native Honderus, and the new life she found in a move to Canada. Rolf studied West Indian rhythms and Honduras Folk Music to shape the sound and I’d imagine his mother is beaming with pride.

As a whole, I personally dig The Acorn’s upbeat tunes more than the slower ones and their sound reminds me of Midlake or Talking Heads. “Crooked Legs” and “Flood Part 1” are fantastically intricate tunes that really get inside you. While the some of the slow tracks may take a little more time to grow on you, the closing tune “Lullaby” is strikingly beautiful at first listen.

They are going to be at The Empty Bottle in Chicago this Friday, so if you’re in town, try to make your way out to see them. If you miss them, don’t worry. They’ll be be recording a live session with us in the studio during their stay in the windy city.

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The Acorn – Crooked Legs

The Acorn – Flood Pt. 1

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Beth April 24, 2008 at 6:34 am

Well said. Glory Hope Mountain is absolutely stunning.

Steve Shirk April 29, 2008 at 8:18 am

This band is awesome! The live session we had with them on 4/25/08 was great. I can’t wait to get this one mixed. I’m listening to the unmixed tracks of Crooked Legs as I type this and am simply floored by their musicality. This band really “GETS” dynamics. Wish I could’ve made the show at the Empty Bottle. Any reports?

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