In a little over a dozen songs, the country’s most prolific homeless person gives us a look at his world.
The most impressive thing about the relatively unknown Paleo is his lifestyle. For the last six years, he has lived out of his car, crashing on the couches of strangers, writing songs to escape (or perhaps bask in) the loneliness of the road. But that’s not to say anything about his music. A View of the Sky, his upcoming release, comes to us in much the same fashion: nomadic, unrefined and only roughly planned. The ambient yet emotionally driven lo-fi sounds of the disc could easily pinpoint him in similar classification to M. Ward, but are also reminiscent of the weird-Americana of Devendra Banhart -- his quivering voice cracks when he reaches for a new note, the simple melodies subtly grab your ear, and his poeticism is hardly lost in the fold. It may be easy to pass him by, but this is one homeless man you might want to give a second glance.