Steve Von Till is a solo artist from California best known for his work in Neurosis and plays more of a neo-folk style with his solos material and this is a review of his 2015 album "A Life Unto Itself" which will be released in May by Neurot Recordings.
Acoustic guitars and slides start off the album along with some Americana elements and a few seconds alter clean singing vocals are added onto the recording and when violins are utilized they add in elements of Celtic folk music along with a touch of avant garde and the songs also bring in a great mixture of both finger picking and full chords.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also bring in a touch of folk rock at times and some of the tracks also bring in electric guitar noises while the main focus remains more on an acoustic style and as the album progresses psychedelic elements and guitar leads can be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is also a brief use of synths which also gives the songs more of a tragic atmosphere.
Steve Von Till stays away from the more heavy and experimental sounds of his other musical projects to focus more on a dark and melancholic style of folk music with his acoustic material, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover dark, metaphysical and depressive themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Steve Von Till and if you are a fan of dark, neo-folk, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Your Wings" "Night Of the Moon" and "Known But Not Named". 8 out of 10.