Beneath Medicine Tree


    OK, they’re not Pedro the Lion, but the parallels are striking: warm production for acoustic/electric guitars with noodling melodies, thick drums, and even the sketch-type artwork in the booklet. Beneath Medicine Tree drips with death and illness, and does so with great sincerity, yet always hints at an underlying hope. But while it’s a solid record, it does little to stand out from other similar indie fare — and there’s a lot that’s similar. You could do much worse than Aaron Marsh’s skillfully crafted melancholy pop, but you could also do better.