A.A. Bondy’s meditative third album “Believers” (on Fat Possum) edges away from the guitar-based folk on his breakout “When the Devil’s Loose” and seeks a place in the clouds, where the former Verbena frontman seems to gaze down at his dreams. In separate songs he confesses to be “far away from the world” and “looking for signs,” and his music’s deceiving simple composition and subtle atmospherics make it easy to float there with him, conscious but not, circling the songwriter’s emotional core but never quite penetrating it. Recommended if you like hypnotic beauty, or headphones.
||| Download: “Surfer King”
||| Live: A.A. Bondy plays Sept. 29 at the Bootleg Theater.
||| Also: Check out Aquarium Drunkard’s interview with Bondy.
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