Atlanta based rock outfit O’Brother are known for their thick, eerie ambiance, hypnotic rhythms, and primal heaviness. So what happens when the layered instrumentals and pounding percussion are stripped away? The results are the beautiful and restrained acoustic renditions that have appeared online from a couple of live sessions. Taking tracks from last year’s titanic Garden Window and turning them into intimate acoustic songs is no easy task, and several of the songs take on entirely new personalities from the transition. Whereas Machines Part One was one of the heaviest tracks on the record and distinguished itself with dirty riffs and a furious drumming, the acoustic rendition performed for 99x in Atlanta relies on beautiful vocal harmonies and haunting chords.
Likewise, Garden Window’s first single Lo ditches the punchy rhythms in favor of a more delicate approach.
Seven minute slow-burner Easy Talk gets a facelift as well, this time with an acoustic performance for PropertyOfZack. Check out Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull on the right providing backup vocals in this session.
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