VOLLMAR is from Bloomington, IN, by way of WV. He’s made an album of obvious songs (recorded at home) with obvious sounds (recorded elsewhere). At the same time being both less and more than his first record, Every Place is Home (Bluesanct 2002), 13 or so People in need of chances is an exercise in traditional folk-song story-telling with contemporary structural elements. The record has a first half (nylon stringed guitar and voice), interlude (instrumental for found sounds and toy piano), last half (electric guitar and voice) and end (youth and hope). Sounds are used to narrate the songs and direct the listener into new settings while also allowing Vollmar to create pieces that are both surreal and expressionistic. Musically, he sounds simultaneously old (maybe Donovan or Townes Van Zandt) and new (maybe Warn Defever or The Microphones).
Structurally, it may be said that the record has more in common with the experimental films of Stan Brakage or Hollis Frampton than with any particular musical artist of our time. And like J.D.Salinger’s 9 Stories, each of the songs are about separate people who collectively make a family of sorts. 12 songs exploring 13 or so characters, their weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and sensitivities in search of some glimmer of light. The discovery is that people are moving in different directions.
Like label mates Drekka, Elephant Micah, rivulets, and static films, he is part of the Day2 Alliance family of artists, all exploring the joys and problems of community and placement through artistic expression.
"Biography as base for poetics, in the tradition of Belle & Sebastian and The Microphones, the music is plaintive for the most part. Vollmar’s boyish voice has a quality that lends the tunes fragility, as if they could somehow fall into a hush at any moment; leaving the listener hanging between lines, yearning for the next image."
– S.Lewis, Chicago Reader
Download contains a PDF of the original presskit, and some photos of the man and his artwork.
released September 7, 2004
• CD = ltd to 1000 copies
• DIGITAL = unlimited
digital re-release 15 February 2014
original liner notes:
13 or so People who need chances
People are Moving in Different Directions
everything put together by Vollmar except
artwork by David Brant and
design by Michael Anderson for 4K design and
mastered by Mike Dixon and
mastered by Jim Zespy and
photography by Riley Manion