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House & Home

by Arlo Aldo

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I (Isabelle) 00:27
Addi 05:42
House & Home 04:52
Wolves 07:06
II (Adelle) 00:38
Portraits 03:47
Wake Up 03:17
Signs 03:42
III (Peter) 00:35
Sleep 03:02


Channeling a more optimistic Jason Molina-style songwriting with the atmosphere of Wilco’s Being There, Arlo Aldo’s sophomore record emerges from 2013’s Zelie as a more mature and focused indie folk and alt-country timbre. The darkly hopeful tones that form House & Home (Future Oak Records) situate a cast of characters firmly in the mythos of indie Americana’s most earnest themes: family, hope, regret, love and death. Maybe it’s a moment of childhood innocence come head on with an encroaching darkness (“Wolves”). Maybe it’s a moment of ritual mourning for lost love (“House & Home”). Maybe it’s a moment that enfolds a long-simmering but unacknowledged love, demanding to be recognized (“Signs”). Or maybe a nostalgic plea for a partner’s love to triumph over the threat of departure (“Portraits”).

Musically, the album features stripped-down instrumentals alongside a layered vocal feast for your ears, simultaneously intimate and sweeping. In addition to the acoustic and electric guitar work of frontman David Manchester, the percussion of Brandon Forbes, bass by Susanna Meyer, and keys from Ariel Forbes, the band digs more deeply into the instrumental tradition of Americana by the inclusion of viola player Jessie Hoffman on tracks like “Civil War Bride” and “Wolves.” And throughout the entire record, gripping melodies and haunting harmonies permeate.


released February 26, 2016

David Manchester - Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
Ariel Nieland Forbes - Vocals, Organ, Bells, Melodica
Susanna Meyer - Vocals, Bass
Jessica Hoffman - Viola
Brandon Forbes - Percussion

Produced by J. Vega - The Wilderness Recording Studio, Zelienople, PA
Album released on Future Oak Record Co.


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Arlo Aldo Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Arlo Aldo is a unique and gorgeous twist on modern American alt-folk. Mellow, downtempo song stylings and intimate lyrics are mixed with beautiful lilting harmonies, finger picked guitar, and cathedral like organ.

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