pittsburgh, pa's arlo aldo are an indie folk quartet that draws a sound from the stately and beautiful corner of that palette. their latest album 'zelie' focuses mostly on slow and mid-tempo ballads, with lyrics that put the listener into the dimension of 'americana'.
recorded in a barn, a smooth, velvety reverb saturates the proceedings to just the right degree, causing the tasteful arrangements and lilting vocal harmonies to complement each other. there is no sliding into that ubiquitous 'foot-stomping' nu-folk style so many bands are currently perpetrating. arlo aldo avoids the easy way out for good stories and pretty compositions.
buy the digital album for $9.99 or the CD for $12 right here.