The Problem is Not a Problem Anymore

99 Hours of Secrets/Cerebral Cliff Records

Chicago’s Putois taps into the dark side of acoustic-based music.

Bob Mason, the man behind the name, has created The Problem is Not a Problem Anymore with a sound that is as haunting as My Bloody Valentine, as gothically moody as The Velvet Underground, and as mysterious as Sigur Rós — yet kind of poppy.

A cloud of self-reflection seems to fall over the room when this album plays. It’s not an album to crank up and jam to. It’s not a driving album, or something to turn on while you’re cleaning the house. It’s not a romantic disc to toss on while having a nice dinner. This music is private, contemplative, and sad in a gorgeously comforting way.

No matter how many times I listen to this stunning home-spun release, I feel that I am no closer to accurately describing its mood. It has to be heard, not explained. Good places to start are “No More Dancing,” “Another Shade of Blue,” and “Something Wrong with Steven.”

To purchase: cdbaby.com/cd/putois2

Putois: www.myspace.com/putois

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