CD:┬ Giving up the Ghost┬ http://www.saladdaysmusic.com/
I had the chance to visit with Aaron Flinn in the summer of 2004.┬ Or was it 2003ÔÇŽanyway, his house is in Charlotte, VT and is in a quaint and lovely corner of farm country, over a one-lane bridge, and all that.┬ I donÔÇÖt remember every musical instrument that was in the house, but he has one of everything.┬ And he plays all of them, from what I could tell.┬ What I always note about Aaron is that he is one of those rare people who did not seem to be in a hurry while he was in music school. ┬ He was at Berkley in Boston, and from what I remember, his goal was to learn everything he possibly could while there.┬ As a result, he plays all the instruments, writes the songs, sings, and produces the recordings.┬
The result is unmistakable and distinctive.┬ The sound is brilliant and articulate.┬ The lyrics stand before everything else, and the instrumental fabrics are very separated and precise.┬ He is a great guitarist.┬ The instruments that he plays on this disc include various guitars, banjo, double bass, harmonica, drums, percussion, ukulele, piano, banjo, ┬ and, well, melodeon.
Aaron has the ability to change his voice into different textures, ranging from a bright folk singer to a dark rocker.┬ In fact, in the lower register he shares a sound with David Bowie.┬ In the rock tunes, i.e. ÔÇťGiving up the GhostÔÇŁ and ÔÇťIs It LoveÔÇŁ, he delivers the lyrics with a dark power.┬
The lyrics themselves are the center of AaronÔÇÖs work.┬ He speaks confessionally and personally.┬ On his recordings, he is an open book.