One Track Mind: Jeremy Enigk, "One And One Is One" (2003)

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How do things like this go unreleased? Ex-Sunny Day Real Estate frontman Jeremy Enigk wrote some beautiful music for the soundtrack to the film United States Of Leland and the music never appeared separately.

Devastatingly beautiful stuff right here, and it’s locked up in a vault apparently never to see official release. We have some kind unknown soul to thank for slipping out mp3s from a promo copy, otherwise we’d never have heard anything beyond what’s in the film — and I’ve never seen the film, so I’d likely never have heard the tune.

In the meantime, he has a small handful of solo albums that evoke similarly gentle tuggings at the ol’ heartstrings and such, with yearnings for far away lands that probably don’t exist. How do guys like this do it? So effortlessly, with an ebbing and flowing rhythm that could almost rock a listener to sleep, but instead it just lulls you into that vivid in-between state.

Hard to believe Enigk comes to us from one of the progenitors of what would eventually become known as “emo,” but what Sunny Day Real Estate did in their heyday are the masterpieces and what followed diverges so far from their form it’s hard to reconcile the two — and what Enigk does is so very far away from emo that I’d be perfectly comfortable recommending his music to fans of Bon Iver and the like.

Take it from me: both Enigk and Sunny Day Real Estate are worth investing some time in.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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