Best known for his dark American folk sound, AA Bondy’s first album, American Hearts, was released in the fall of 2007, offering an intimate arrangement of songs comprised merely of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and Bondy’s soulful vocals.
With 2009 came his second album, When the Devil’s Loose. This album stuck to the same basic structure as the first, but the sound seemed to start maturing into something more full. This past September brought Bondy’s newest release, Believers, which carries a production value that greatly surpasses the first two albums in both the overall sound and writing style. Songs like “The Heart is Willing,” “Skull & Bones,” “Surfer King,” and “Hiway/Fevers,” maintains Bondy’s dark folk sound, but with much richer and warmer tones that take on a slight country quality that wasn’t as prevalent on his first two albums. You can download and listen to “Surfer King” here:
Believers lulls listeners into a state of relaxation and solitude. This album is one I would imagine is best experienced alone in your room on a rainy day, or one to provide the soundtrack to a long, scenic drive out in the countryside.
~ If you’re looking for something different in folk music, Believers is a great place to start. Rich, dark American folk sounds infused with a hint of country will submerge you into a sense of Americana. Enjoy!