I recently downloaded the 3voor12 app so that I could listen to new albums while I worked. I had some big projects this week, so that means I listened to a lot of music. Most of it was forgettable or I didn’t like it, of course, but there are a few that I keep listening to.
Defenestration by Homemade Empire is one of those albums. I hadn’t heard of Homemade Empire before, but it seems it’s the (mostly) solo work of Bart de Kroon, who is from Utrecht (The Netherlands). He cites Jackson C. Frank, Xela, Neil Young, Supersilent, Vic Chesnutt, Lee Hazlewood, Tim Hecker, Do Make Say Think, and Roy Orbison as influences. I can hear all that to an extent, but I also hear a little bit Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and even Tunng (minus the electro parts, plus this is just one guy vs a band of… six? seven?). I digress. It’s a nice, mellow listen. A quiet album. It probably won’t top any “best of” lists this year, but it’s a dependably pleasant listen that I’ll keep returning to.