One of the more intriguing comparisons offered up for the solo debut of Aaron M. Olson is that of Jack Nitzsche. The crew at Moone is quick to bring up the ‘60s producer and for good reason. Olson, like Nitzsche, is classically trained, a studio staple that has often immersed himself in the world of film and television soundtracks. Though Olson might skew more pop on paper, having worked with Chris Cohen, Papercuts, Bart Davenport, and heading his progressive outfit, L.A. Takedown, Olson’s works on Songs Album fall right in line with the complex, bittersweet sounds of Nitzsche’s unreleased (at least until much later) eponymous ’74 affair. On “No Burden” Olson’s heartsick landscape is augmented with voluminous production — strings, woodwinds, organ — all whirling together into a dreamlike state that wraps around the listener like a slightly woozy blanket. Its a timeless track that’s got ties to both the meticulous pop of the ‘70s and the similarly studio-entrenched works of the late ‘90s/early aughts. The album is out November 9th from Moone Records.
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