Aaron Schroeder is the first installment of what I'm calling "Fresh Faced Artists." Basically, this section is for introducing new artists that the Content feels have a future in music.
The most refreshing aspect of Arron's songwriting is just that - he's a songwriter. Aaron has a deep respect for the artists who wrote music before him (Billy Bragg, Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith), and has taken a kind of apprenticeship with them. Every note on this album feels familiar - in the vein of Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake. There is a twang in "Movin' Movin' Train," that's in "Train Under Water," and on back to Dylan. Schroeder strives to embed his notes with a deep history, and although his translation is still a bit rough, I think he's on the right track.
I say translation, because that's exactly what every artist is - a translator. They take in the world through their eyes, and translate it for the world. The results are good and bad translations (thanks Spencer). Aaron Schroeder's might be somewhere in the middle, but I trust his foundation. I believe he does have a "Southern Heart In Western Skin," and I want to hear more from him.
His roots in Americana are something to be envied in this synth dance age. Read my MSTRKRFT review and you'll realize I'm not dismissing dance music; yet, merely admiring Aaron Schroeder's commitment to melodies that feel unique to our continent.