Album: J Tillman, Vacilando Territory Blue, (Bella Union)

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In normal circumstances, an acoustic solo album by the drummer with an alt-country act could expect to shift four figures.

But, after the success of Fleet Foxes, for whom he tickles the skins, J Tillman can expect a lot more interest. He doesn't sound ready for it. Listening to 'Vacilando Territory Blue' feels like opening the door on a private conversation. Tillman's musings on life and love, sung in a breathy voice, frequently tail off into inaudibility. But it's none of our business. Shut that door.

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