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Praise for Wilder Maker's Everyday Crimes Against Objects Of Desire Vol III.

Perfect DIY Indie{...}You need to listen to Wilder Maker. And not just because Ryan Adams openly professes his love for the band on their social media. Wilder Maker is the fuzzy sound you need to keep you warm when you’re caught out cold in a Monday rain, mulling over picayune infidelities of the day. - Gauraa Shekhar - The Wild Honey Pie

Across three EPs, the band has explored recesses and vistas of the folk-rock continuum both near and far, whether conjuring bleary-eyed, distortion-tinged jangle or drifting through a noisy haze as though lost in a reefer dream. Surrounded by an excellent cast of players and supported by the bewitching singer Katie Von Schleicher, Wilder Maker recalls bands like San Fermin and Broken Social Scene, acts that have used big ensembles to turn the wild thoughts of an isolated writer or two into wonderful records. The forthcoming third installation in a series of EPs, titled Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, is winsome, quixotic and terrific. -Grayson Haver Currin - Indy Week

By the time “EZ River” ends, you’re already so submerged within Wilder Maker’s laid-back world, that your troubles just seem to float away. An impressive feat for a few minutes of music. - Marty Santini Garner - FLOOD Magazine

A comforting embrace{...}lush harmonies and understated guitar playing. - Dusty Henry - Consequence of Sound

Birnbaum did the only thing a capital-A Artist can, dig in and make more. The Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire trilogy rose from this situation like an idiosyncratic phoenix, reacting to the indifference of a too-busy, painted-by-numbers-favouring world by celebrating experiment and creativity. - Jon Doyle - Wake the Deaf


Praise for Debo Band's Ere Gobez

"8.1...a big, brave roar of an album, reaching and surpassing the heights of their excellent 2012 self-titled debut." - Erin MacLeod - Pitchfork

"Dipping into Ethiopia’s colorful musical past, the band creates what they refer to as “imaginary mixups and mashups,” consisting of artful reimaginings of late 1970s and early 80s Ethiopian sounds. Using this illustrious musical era as a nucleus, the band produce a sound completely their own." - Damola Durasomo - Okayafrica

"Large bands at such an unorthodox crossing of genres rarely boast a run like this, let alone Debo’s success at activating dance-floors worldwide with its finely honed repertoire, stirring horn arrangements, and Bruck Tesfaye’s soaring, tremulous tenor." - Siddhartha Mitter - The Boston Globe

"Frothy and extroverted, the front line has the feel of a crowd that's always almost unraveling, reminiscent of the gang soloing in Dixieland or Balkan brass bands. Licks and riffs cycle independent of one another, and you can take your pick of which to follow—it's like the friendly bustle of a dance floor where there's always someone to lead you no matter where you turn." - Philip Montoro - Chicago Reader


Praise for Wilder Maker's Everyday Crimes Against Objects Of Desire Vol II.

There’s a cohesiveness to Birnbaum’s surgical songwriting, a sort of cowboy pop that’s got one eye wandering toward outlaw territory and one fixed on catchy melodies[...]Vol II. sounds like the first sure strides past hesitation’s boundaries. - Caitlin White - Stereogum

Birnbaum’s resonant, booming voice proves itself to be in a class of its own, but this EP is the sound of a great singer-songwriter finding his ideal band. They blast through apocalyptic jams with aplomb and in taking over lead vocals in a number of tracks, Katie Von Schielder provides a beautiful counterpoint{...]a culmination of everything Birnbaum has aimed for, but also the start something really special. - David Dekeyser - CMJ

With lyrics seeping in heartbreak and bitterness and a chorus that rises up to the heavens, it’s the kind of classic sound that instantly makes you weak in the knees - The Wild Honey Pie

No amount of positive praise can really capture the magic that is present in this song and the others on the album. - Wordkrapht


Praise for Wilder Maker's Everyday Crimes Against Objects Of Desire Vol I.

Deeply cathartic[...]equally weathered and self-assured. - Dusty Henry - Consequence of Sound

A piece of roaming beauty, placing the alluring enticement of “Hope Springs” in the beginning, the half-eyed bleary sleepiness of “White Knucked On the Wheel”, the evocative, gorgeous, funereal closer, “Love = War”; built around the richness of the centerpiece song, “Zion." - Sjimon Gompers – IMPOSE

This is lovely music, finely detailed and plush, easy to warm up to, but then the delight of sharp nettles beneath keeps you picking away at it. - Jayson Greene - Wondering Sound

Underneath the polished sheen of the track’s production lies a thoroughly original and twisted approach to songwriting that sets Wilder Maker apart. There is pop magic for sure[...]but there are moments of quirkiness that jolt the listener as well: bars with odd time signatures, brief dissonant chord changes, vocal harmonies soaked in dub-reggae inspired echo. Wilder Maker is clearly committed to challenging the increasingly inflexible alt-country idiom. - Aputumpu


Praise for Wilder Maker's Year of Endless Light LP

A remarkable album, richly conceived and remarkably, wildly played…a river of American sounds…bizarre and original. – Jayson Greene – eMusic Best of 2013

Wilder Maker’s sprawling second album, Year of Endless Light, concentrates at those drop-everything arresting moments, the type of holy fuck jolts that spur a compulsion to rewind/replay: listen listen listen and maybe if you listen just one more time you’ll finally get your head around some hidden secret. – Nathan Huffstutter, The Fiddleback

Recommended highly for fans of heavy folk/country/rock like Bonnie Prince Billy, Richard Buckner and Neil Young, this album is just about overwhelming in its scope and breathtaking in its execution. - When You Motor Away

An incredible breadth of vision that defies musical genres.  - Folk Radio UK

 


Praise for Debo Band's self titled LP

This is one of the best finds of the year, bar none. The Boston-based Debo Band takes traditional Ethiopian sounds and scales to a new place with sousaphone, accordion, violin and electric guitar — a party where funk, soul and free jazz swirl together with the heady, sultry melodies and harmonies of Addis Ababa. (If you think the album’s great, then you’ve got to catch Debo Band live — that’s where the groove and sweat really kick in.) - Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR Music

Albums like this, which dice up and recombine musical traditions, so often run the risk of being more interesting than good — fascinating to study, but not much fun to listen to. Everything here, though, feels strangely organic and effortlessly joyful. Some will surely hear it and go scrambling back to research the original Ethiopian music at its foundation. But more will simply let it wash over them and get swept up in the party. - SPIN

It's not an easy feat to pay tribute and transcend that same tribute simultaneously, but over the course of their debut, this band manages the trick. - Joe Tangari, Pitchfork

Guitar solos, massed vocals, violin and brass rush in like a Red Bulled march-ing band. Dance at your own risk. - Rolling Stone

A different archival impulse paid off for Debo Band, a Boston group devoted to the Ethiopian funk of the late 1960s and ’70s: fierce, jagged, complex and galvanizing music. With a beefy horn section, biting violins and a lead singer with a convincing Ethiopian quaver, the group brought back a live version of a style that was never recorded as vividly. - NY Times


Praise for Boy Without God's God Bless the Hunger LP

Absolutely astonishing. - TWRHQ

As a songwriter, he is already accomplished well beyond his years, his best material calling to mind names as seemingly disparate as Jim Croce, Bon Iver, Bill Callahan and Van Morrison. But it’s as an arranger where Birnbaum truly distinguishes himself, seamlessly blending styles and incorporating his own free jazz lineage in a manner that swings from impossible beauty to unspeakable violence without warning. - My Old Kentucky Blog

Slathered with remarkable musical moments and grade-A performances. - The Austinist

Just when you have an idea of what [Wilder Maker] is about — it’s folk, it’s experimental jazz, it’s ’60s pop, it’s art rock — the landscape shifts to a whole new view. - James Reed, The Boston Globe. 

The best band you've never heard. - Our Bated Breath