Uncle Skeleton – ‘All Too Human’
This album keeps coming back. Keeps ending up in my headphones, spinning on my turntable, playing in an empty room after I put it on and leave to do something else. Uncle Skeleton is Ross Wariner of Nashville, TN; and All Too Human is his third full-length album to date. It’s hard to turn it off. It’s vast, it’s strangely eclectic, and it’s not quite like anything I’ve ever heard before. Well that statement may not be entirely true. There are plenty of sounds that will bring a sense of nostalgia, familiar sounds—then warped and enhanced to create something completely unique.
The album is divided into four distinct parts, or “movements”. Each side inspired by different elements and styles of music. Here’s how the Uncle breaks each side down:
- Side A (Tracks 1 – 6) covers danceable electronic tracks
- Side B (Tracks 7 – 13) is inspired by pop and bossa nova
- Side C (Tracks 14 – 21) by lo-fi experimentation
- Side D (Tracks 22 – 26) brings forth the ambient sounds
The best part about this unique album formatting is the physical format that accompanies the release. All Too Human is out on a beautifully designed double LP, giving an actual side to each of the four movements. It’s out on Yewknee‘s experimental label YK Records, both run by design extraordinaire Michael Eades. I highly suggest you pick this one up, it looks great, it sounds great, and will undoubtedly take you on a wonderous 68 minute journey with every listen.
Stream, download and purchase the vinyl at the Uncle Skeleton Bandcamp. Here are a few of my favorite gems from the first movement: