Arlo Aldo - House & Home


Arlo Aldo - House & Home


Channeling a more optimistic Jason Molina-style songwriting with the atmospheric tenor of Wilco’sBeing There, Arlo Aldo’s sophomore record emerges from the multiple genres that informed 2013’s Zelie to create a more mature and focused indie folk and alt-country timbre. The dark, yet hopeful tones that form House & Home situate a cast of varied and compelling characters firmly in the mythos of indie Americana’s most earnest themes: family, hope, regret, love and death. Maybe it’s a moment of childhood innocence come head on with an encroaching darkness (“Wolves”). Maybe it’s a moment of quiet, ritual mourning for lost love (“House & Home”). Maybe it’s a moment that enfolds the cry of a long-simmering but unacknowledged love, demanding to be recognized (“Signs”). Or maybe it’s a moment of romantic pleading for a partner’s nostalgic love to triumph over the threat of departure (“Portraits”).

Musically, the album features both a stripped-down house show vibe right alongside a meticulously layered vocal feast for your ears, simultaneously intimate and sweeping. In addition to the acoustic and electric guitar work of frontman David Manchester, the percussion of Brandon Forbes, the bass by Susanna Meyer, and the keys from Ariel Forbes, the band digs more deeply into the instrumental tradition of Americana by the inclusion of viola player Jessie Hoffman on tracks like “Civil War Bride” and “Wolves.” And throughout the entire record, the gripping melodies and hauntingly beautiful harmonies from David, Ariel and Susanna permeate the musical atmosphere.

This is a limited run of 300 featuring artwork designed and pressed by the fine folks at Tiptype. Each record includes a unique download code.

  1. I (Isabelle)
  2. Addy 
  3. Civil War Bride 
  4. House & Home
  5. Wolves 
  6. II (Adelle) 
  7. Portraits 
  8. Wake Up
  9. Signs
  10. III (Peter) 
  11. Sleep
  12. Sway to Swing 
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