Release Date: 2004
DECEIVER is quite a departure from the blistering instrumental bluegrass-esque leanings he cut his teeth on as a mandolin wunderkind. DECEIVER also takes a bold, new route away from his subsequent solo work that featured his jazz/classical/progressive acoustic-style. In fact, DECEIVER is the first Thile solo project to feature vocals, and only includes two instrumentals ("palette cleansers"). This album, exploring a rock direction, is the logical next step in the maturation of an artist who clearly heeds no boundaries and knows no limitations.
Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as a Pulitzer prize-winning novel ("Empire Falls") and his first encounter with his now-wife ("Wrong Idea"), Thile's voice emerges as a distinct style within the contemporary musical landscape. Very serious about his solo work, DECEIVER is not to be confused as a fun side-project from his full-time band but, rather, an artist releasing the music bursting within him. Thile played EVERY instrument (drums, guitars, keyboards, strings, etc.) on the album and was intimately involved in the recording and production process, as well. Clearly a harbinger of things to come from this unique and phenomenally talented artist.
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