Sunday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

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Freedom (Sacred Bones)

Sunday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

Damon McMahon's psychedelic-folk catalog shrouds like a veil: a gossamer of somber acoustics, pining lyrics, and ghostly atmospherics. Taking a cue from the classic pop songbook of Tom Petty, the New York-based artist's fifth album tears through a web as opener "Blue Rose" blooms with lapping, percussive waves crashing with themes of grief, freedom, and loss. Boldest album to date, Freedom highlights "Miki Dora" and "Skipping School" grapple with masculinity and its illusions. "Satudarah" offers stoned-eye hallucinogens. Transcendental "Freedom" scorches in the summer heat that swells to the expansive funk exhalation of "L.A.," unveiling a booming reveal. (1pm, Miller Lite stage)


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