Shifting between optimistic hippie poetry and darker, more foreboding themes, Haligonian Old Man Luedecke writes songs in the banjo songster style. A young man with an old soul, Luedecke pays homage to folk tradition while addressing contemporary issues that give his music relevance beyond its twang-y appeal. Supplemented by fiddle and kazoo, his chipper claw hammer banjo style acts as a traditional backdrop for issues both timeless and timely. An ode to the cemetery and a lament for his vanishing youth exist side by side with a gleeful tune that celebrates freedom from soul-killing employment called “I Quit My Job.” Luedecke’s resonant voice — frequently backed by sweet vocal harmonies — paired with his skilful instrumentation make Hinterland an admirable sophomore effort and a nice follow-up to 2003’s Mole in the Ground. Clearly a labour of love by a capable and committed musician.
- Rachel Sanders