Old Hickory

Old Hickory

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Old Hickory's self-titled EP features four tracks (two instrumental, and two with vocals) that make a complete break from the hooky rock of albums like Brain Travels Before the Heart Stops -- its songs are highly atmospheric, using washed-out textures and backward guitars with very appealing results. Rather than concentrating on the use of electronics and effects, the band achieves much of their dreaminess through lazy, melodic guitar composition, a refreshing approach in a musical climate that sometimes tends to overuse its technology.