A follow-up from the critically acclaimed album Hinterland, Old Man Luedecke’s new album captures the ad lib words and feelings of the tender hearted. Recorded in two days flat, Old Man sums up the spirit of the ages and the search for proof of love in under three minutes on each song. Beautifully simple and stripped down, the album glosses over the beauty of the world, nature and the theme of self determination. Lyrics like, I’ve been to the bottom of fear and self loathing / but this is my home,” show both the problems of introspection and the brimming optimism that things invariably get better. The track, “Send My Troubles Away” bridges the gap between rural life and death by urban streets, complimented by soft female backup singers who have that delicate sing song quality that makes you want to stretch out on the grass on a warm summer afternoon. Songs like “Sad As A Forest” and “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier” have the same poetic integrity as Iron and Wine, but the banjo twang adds sharp pep to an otherwise mellow sound. It’s definitely the childlike honesty and simplicity that makes Proof Of Love the quintessential, cheery kind of album you’d need on a rainy day.