The spontaneous and peculiar mind of folk musician David Thomas Broughton brings us Outbreeding, a record that seems to portray these traits very clearly. Outbreeding continues the quirks that make David Thomas Broughton so intriguing, and entices the listener with somber acoustic melodies, electronic soundscapes and DTB’s authentic baritone vocals. I have not heard Folk done this way very often, so it’s quite refreshing to hear something so outside of the box in terms of creativity and sound in general. For anyone new to this artist, I feel as if this is a good place to start off.
One has to admire the subtle complexity in this record, especially within the choice of guitar chords and arrangement. This first becomes apparent on Ain’t Got no Sole, an intimidating track at 6:20 in length. Fortunately the time is well spent, as the song never seems to grow weary of itself, or turn into a repetitive snooze fest. The electronic samples within the sound are very interesting aswell, and add a very distinct touch to an already polished track. On top of that, one cannot help but notice the presence of DTB’s incredible voice. Good or bad isn’t really a huge debate here, as anyone should be able to appreciate the uniqueness of it. This is a somewhat dreary song, but Outbreeding does pick up with knee slappin’ jives Apologies and Electricity. The almost gloomy voice of DTB covers even the happiest of songs on Outbreeding very nicely. There is just something about the contrast between his voice and the sound that are an undeniable combo. I can definitely see how said voice might be very off putting to some though, but I did find it very soothing, and very fitting of the “folk” genre.
Outbreeding is not for everyone. For any fan of the acoustic/folk genre, I would strongly recommend it, but to some others out there that are maybe trying new things, this might not be the best piece to pick up. Then again, with a sound this unique, its hard to tell who may find it appealing. The album a success in a creative sense, really shining an interesting light on a genre that can easily run out of avenues for experimentation.