ALARM’s Top 10 Albums of 2008

3. Firewater: Golden Hour (Bloodshot)

The Golden Hour is the product of one man’s personal and musical odyssey over land from India to the Mediterranean Sea. Firewater’s Tod A. blends his punk roots with field recordings of musicians in five countries, resulting in a mix of past and present, familiar and exotic.

Tod A.’s pairings of music samples recorded in nations that are in conflict with one another shows that “sonic harmony” can be produced even where personal harmony seems unobtainable. The Golden Hour is an ambitious recording that remains intensely personal while encouraging the listener to think about a greater picture.

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