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ARTIST
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Almond
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
4/27/2010

2006 release. The Preservation label presents Almond, the debut album from Kansas multi-instrumentalist Aaron Martin. Martin started learning to play cello at the relatively late age of 17. His minimal, austere playing style remains a hallmark of his sound, having added a spectrum of instrumentation and a looper pedal to take his pieces into a more kaleidoscopic realm. On Almond, you'll hear guitar, lap steel, banjo, piano, ukelele, flute, toys and many more instruments and sound sources alongside the cello. Everything on Almond is played by Aaron, except for one solitary sample. His experimental-collage style builds loops into beguiling song forms of folkish charm and emotional resonance -- similar to the uncanny pop sensibility fostered by acts such as The Books, Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control. In their mesmerizing way, they ring in the brain like a partially-faded memory that stays with you, gradually revealing itself in full. Almond swells with joy, melancholy and whimsy in a kind of warm chemistry that's hard to pin down. Limited edition special package design.