OLDERMOST is “not constrained by such simplicity of genre labels. They melt together southern-rock, pop, folk and soul into something dusty, jarring, tangled and sweet” (Pop Dust).
There is an ever-present quality of rock and roll inclinations in Oldermost’s music and they are able to hint at nostalgic without stumbling into kitsch.
Even the name, an outdated modifier plucked from a ghost-town dialect of the American “Wild West,” is delightfully and intentionally ambiguous enough to be claimed as the handle for a band that tends to wiggle out of your hands if held too restrictively to one specific genre or influence.
While listening, you may feel at home yet you quickly realize that is somewhere you have not been before. The landscape is familiar, but fresh—a warm place that draws you in, a beautiful and melancholic flame that attracts.
But it is also proudly a product of its environment: Oldermost is the “latest in the suddenly long line of hazy, phased-out Philadelphia folk groups” (FLOOD).
Last year they teased a forthcoming record (their fourth release) with the release of two songs, “Honey With Tea” and “Finally Unsure.” “Honey With Tea” is “a satisfying, Wilco-esque delivery against a cinematic backdrop,” writes WXPN’s “The Key.”
On “Finally Unsure” The Line of Best Fit writes, “Chiming guitars reverberate across layers of organ-style synths and bright acoustics as singer Bradford Bucknum's drawl extends far beyond the track's sustained notes.
The song “opens like a sunrise, steadily illuminating more and more of itself with each instrumental addition until what we have is nothing short of a spectacular, bright song,” writes WXPN’s “The Key.”
And now the record is finished and ready to share. It is self-produced by the band, mixed by Jeff Ziegler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Allison Crutchfield) and mastered by Ryan Schwabe (The Districts, Big Thief, Hop Along).