Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Record label: Temporary Residence
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Folk, Alt-Country
Anomoanon's Joji continues on the country-folk-rock path that the band, and all the Oldhams for that matter, have been forging since the beginning. One could always hear the ghosts of classic country-rock in Anomoanon's music -- the Grateful Dead and the Band shine through -- but on Joji it seems that the influence of classic rock like Neil Young comes through, yet through the lens of the Meat Puppets, especially on tracks like "Leap Alone," "Green Sea," and the wonderful closer, "Bird Child." And this works in Anomoanon's favor -- driving music with an edge that you can get lost in. Some of the songs can be a bit jammy, but tracks like "Mr.
Ned Oldham writes old songs. On Joji, the seventh release (and second this year) from his band The Anomoanon, the older Palace brother stirs country-folk and psychedelic pop into a mix that might be called classic, if that denotation hadn’t been bastardized decades ago. Oldham’s music, while drawing on familiar influences – Neil Young and the Grateful Dead are immediately apparent – is diverse enough that it feels far fresher than a by-the-numbers retread.