Poor Luther's Bones - "Zoetrope"
From Aural Innovations #43 (October 2011)
Poor Luther's Bones are a Father and Son duo making homemade psych folk from rural Pennsylvania. Zoetrope is a 17 track CD lasting around 55 minutes in total. The songs are sombre, slow in tempo, and in my view slightly boring in nature, very middle of the road, with a vocally strained element which I think gets mistaken for strange somehow. The songs are in essence depressing and they throw no light to folk music, of which there is none whatsoever. On the plus side, however, the music is well done and well produced but it really does nothing for me whatsoever. In my view it has what to me sounds like a pop styled Beatles element to it. Certain tracks from the Abbey Road album spring to mind, but done on a very low budget. Not to say that it is The Beatles. Far from it. I mean certain chord progressions and the way that it is done sometimes has a Beatles influence. I also hear other things here but in reality it is here that my interest ends.
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Reviewed by Albert Pollard