Arbor Labor Union – I Hear You (album review)

by Woody on May 16, 2016

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Arbor Labor Union began life as Pinecones and much like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, Pinecones entered into the cocoon of Sub Pop and re-emerged as Arbor Labor Union. Whatever happened during this transformation, the band definitely sounds better.

After spending some considerable time with I Hear You, I still fall back on Parquet Courts as a reference. Both acts have this ability to bludgeon you into submission with a driving rhythm section as guitars navigate around each other, occasionally careening over each other sending the other in a different direction. Unlike Parquet Courts, and I don’t know if I’ve made this up in my head because they’re from Athens, GA; but there seems to be an Americana element to it. I can’t really put my finger on what gives me that feeling. Any help would be appreciated.

I dig these cats. Their music gives me a bolt of energy that makes me feel young which is always appreciated. Plus, after reading their bio on Sub Pop, I think they might be a little unhinged which makes me like them all the more.

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