For all you night owls, we’ve got a little surprise for you tonight. Many thanks to friend Zach Kaufmann over at local webzine Splice Today for this leak of the first track from their Baltimore Does Baltimore compilation album of original covers (I think you can probably guess the running theme across the 10 tracks). The free download drops tomorrow, but we’ve got a track from Ari Schenck right here: a cover of “One That Got Away” from Anomoanon’s Asleep Many Years in the Woods (2002). The Anomoanon was a project from Baltimore transplant Ned Oldham (his slightly more famous, younger brother Will you may know is Bonnie “Prince” Billy) that also included Dave Heumann of Arbouretum.
While there aren’t any artists on the compilation who will be unfamiliar or surprising to current Baltimore music aficionados (nobody’s history really starts much before the aughties), there are some unexpected collisions of styles and genres that make for interesting twists and turns. Some of those include a Wye Oak cover of a Bmore Club standard by scene fixture Rod Lee, two very different takes on a big-hearted Future Islands ballad, and Caleb Stine finally putting to record one of my favorite live covers ever. Recording was done by each individual artist, and mastering by the Leffler-Schulmans’ Mobtown Studios. Album artwork by the ever great Kathy Fahey.
It seems like Zach and Splice, like us at Aural States, have started yearning to do more than just write about music. There are tons of sites and blogs that do so now to varying degrees of depth and competency. What few do is take that extra step and generate original content that adds to the greater pool of art. Hopefully this is a sign of many such efforts to come from Splice (their first effort The Old Lonesome Sound already proving their passion for such endeavors). We certainly have some fun plans for the very near future here.