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 bandâ€™s follow-up to their 2012 breakthrough Stars And Satellites. Thereâ€™s plenty of fiddle, banjo and mandolin twisting together in this 11-track set, but the focus here is the songwritingâ€”Dave Simonettâ€™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 Horsesâ€™ now-classic debut, but unplugged, of course. In the ghostly title-track opener, Simonett sings, â€śThereâ€™s another world, itâ€™s made for us. Trapped in bodies, theyâ€™re made to rust.â€ť Wild Animals is exactly the stuff of your next late night, lying down, wondering.