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Not unlike the late-night listening found on albums by Cat Power and Songs: Ohia, John Wolfington's impressive debut is sedate, sparse, and almost sinister in its slow-burning intensity. Opening with the lovers' lament "12 mph," the album immediately allows listeners into Wolfington's deeply personal, open-wounded world. "But I know you now/Baby, you're never gonna change," he repeats, and by the end of the song his voice is as plaintive as Chan Marshall's wail on "Nude as the News." The next track, "Ageless Sky," is as up-tempo as the album gets — and even then it never rises above a lite rock rumble. Considering the album's hymnal and dismal atmospherics, then, it's probably unsurprising that the album works best when it's piping through headphones or hissing from the car's tape deck under moonlight. Simply put, Wolfington demands your undivided attention, but it's an emotional investment well worth your time.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

John Wolfington began his road to becoming a Smells Like Records recording artist when he changed trains on the subway and landed next to Thurston Moore, who was engrossed in a novel, but accepted the tape that Wolfington handed him -- a song called "Coney Island Freak" that contained references to Sonic Youth. The tape made little impact, but in 1999 when Wolfington sent a five-song demo to Smells Like Records recording artist Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar, Foljahn was so impressed that he passed...
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