Am Deister, a one-man-in-his-bedroom outing by Dave Tyack under the
name Dakota Oak, spends an hour of transient instrumentalism
recalling his growing-up-on-the-edges-of-a-German-forest childhood.
Over 26 fairly coy pieces on his debut longplayer, released on the
Badly-Drawn-Boy/Votel-helmed Twisted Nerve records, Tyack plays a
slew of "organic" instruments, including plenty of tuned percussion
instruments and plenty of detuned guitars. The set finds him
sashaying between gentle acoustic-guitar ruminations, bizarre
clattering interludes, gay invocations of a summery
backing-Astrud-Gilberto sort of sound, woven guitar/bass/kit/keys
pieces with an almost post-rock air, and sombre piano-born moments
that suggest Tyack's hazy recollection of hours spent practicing
piano in his childhood. It's softly sweet, subtly stirring stuff.