Plain Old American Mess
Oblio's Arrow Plain Old American Mess Self-released Comments (0) By Jason Heller Thursday, May 6 2010 The genre of Americana is in as much disarray as America itself - but rather than try to impose order on that chaos, Oblio's Arrow embodies it. Drawing from country rock, psychedelia and the singer-songwriter tradition of the '70s, the group formerly known as Oblio Duo + the Archers has used it's latest full-length, Plain Old American Mess, to continue it's quest for outer spaciness, as well as the inner cosmos. The group's recent lineup overhaul has focused it's fuzziness: Layered with loose, porous instrumentation and patches of emptiness big enough to drive a prairie through, Mess is the perfect echo chamber for William Duncan's rumble and Steven Lee Lawson's twang. At it's best, the disc is a hazy, gray-scale portrait of a sound - and a nation - that is once again painfully, exquisitely rebirthing itself.