Here’s the second and only other Pullman record Thrill Jockey reissued for Record Store Day. When Viewfinder started up, I thought I had mistakenly hit play on Jim O’Rourke’s Bad Timing – that’s not a bad thing. This whole thing feels like a spiritual cousin to something Jim O’Rourke would have done.  Viewfinder has the quartet heavily exploring outside the acoustic guitar for sound and as Thrill Jockey notes, they draw inspiration and borrow elements from their other projects. If Turnstyles & Junkpiles is the equivalent to sitting out and basking in the sun, Viewfinder is the equivalent to taking a night drive with a cold breeze as you try to soothe your dark red sunburned skin. Turnstyles & Junkpiles is definitely worth a listen, but I’d recommend maybe starting out with Viewfinder as it covers more ground sonically which usually comes with the territory of having a lengthy album such as this. Listen to Viewfinder below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Pullman formed several years ago as a result of a common interest in acoustic music by Chris Brokaw (Come), Curtis Harvey (Rex, The Letter E), Ken Brown (Directions) and Doug McCombs (Tortoise, Brokeback, Eleventh Dream Day). Their first album, Turnstyles & Junkpiles, was recorded live to 2-track and entirely acoustic; released in the fall of 1998, the album was enthusiastically greeted by press and fans alike. On Viewfinder, Pullman have broadened their sonic palette by adding drummer Tim Barnes (Jim O'Rourke) and incorporating electric instruments for the first time. This is shown to great affect on "Wire and One Good Shoe" where the electric and acoustic guitars weave a brilliant tapestry of melody that does not betray Pullman's affinity for rustic soundscapes. "Same Grain With New Wood" starts off with a rolling acoustic pattern that soon gives way to percussion, feedback and steel guitar that reveal a sweeping expanse, heretofore only hinted at on prior Pullman recordings. In the past, Pullman pursued a simpler, more bucolic vision that was in many ways a reaction to the prevailing approaches used by some of the other groups with whom they worked. With Viewfinder, Pullman have begun to embrace some of the sounds one might associate with the member's other projects.

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