Trampled By Turtles: Wild Animals
Though Minnesota quintet Trampled By Turtles has long been tagged as a progressive bluegrass act, their lonesome, minimalist aesthetic pushes them head-on into folk territory. Nowhere has that been more apparent than on Wild Animals, the band’s follow-up to their 2012 breakthrough Stars And Satellites. There’s plenty of fiddle, banjo and mandolin twisting together in this 11-track set, but the focus here is the songwriting—Dave Simonett’s crisp, plaintive vocals laying out simple campfire melodies. Producer Alan Sparhawk (of Minnesota indie stalwarts Low) gives each acoustic sound plenty of space to breathe; these beautiful songs are starry-sky clear and wide open, capturing the same fresh excitement as Band Of Horses’ now-classic debut, but unplugged, of course. In the ghostly title-track opener, Simonett sings, “There’s another world, it’s made for us. Trapped in bodies, they’re made to rust.” Wild Animals is exactly the stuff of your next late night, lying down, wondering.