The followup to Jordie Lane’s acclaimed debut album , Blood Thinner offers a textured, warm sound. At times comfortably warm, at others evoking the harshness of the Californian desert that was the inspiration to the 12 track album.
Unashamedly folk, Blood Thinner treads a path worn by other older-than-their-years students of Americana like Justin Townes Earle. Just Lane and an acoustic guitar for the most part, subtle backing instrumentation merely adding a comforting warmth where it’s needed. The album does briefly venture into echoey Band of Horses or My Morning Jacket soundscapes in Feet Fall but for the most part it’s as raw as you’d expect from an album recorded on a four-track in a motel room.
Credit must go to Jordie Lane for doing his part to claim the banjo back from the expressionless string-bashing that Mumford & Sons have popularised. The bluegrass hoedown On The Net Till Morn lends a Civil War sound to Gen Y issues — everything from Skype relationships to STIs.
Blood Thinner is largely a downtrodden affair, at times drifting from scene to scene with a sort of calculated nonchalance. The penultimate I Just Can’t Take It Anymore one of the few moments that borders on upbeat, and a standout of the album at that.
If you enjoyed Jordie Lane’s debut Sleeping Patterns, Blood Thinner will be a welcome followup. The songs don’t have the kind of polish of the debut, but it’s this simplicity that makes Blood Thinner work.