J. Kill & Mr. Mule is a part of Cut To Fit, but focusing on experimental and psychedelic folk music in stead of extreme noise and metal. The songs on 'Saatana Saa Aina Omansa' somehow remind me of acts like Ween. With acoustic guitars and clean, subdued vocals, this act brings and original and refreshing bit of foolery to the acoustic folk scene. In a way it's hard to make out if this is a novelty band or a serious act, planning to grow as a recording and performing act. There's quite a bit of sillyness in these songs but also a pretty serious and emotional side, hence the Ween reference.
However, I like this tape a lot. I like the calm, relaxed atmosphere. It feels like a warm evening on a camping trip. The fire is lit, the guitars come out (sometimes supported by a loop- or drum machine) and the night gains a touch of magic, of belonging and connecting. This is simple-hearted but sincere psychedelic folk that is quite mesmerizing somehow.
Most of the songs drive on a nice, simple melody which can somehow be compared to the calm, acoustic passages of Opeth songs played by Tom Waits. Some minor drones are being poured into the mix once in a while, giving the whole a bit of a mysterious atmosphere. On other occasions, there's a tremendous blues or Americana feel which reminds me of bands like Grant Lee Buffalo.
So yes, I like musical surprises and I like this album quite a lot. It's soft, non-obtrusive and kind sound will probably often find the way to my brand new tape deck. I have a feeling that I'll be facing something completely different when I listen to the Cut To Fit album tomorrow but it'll be fine because I can always play 'Saatana Saa Aina Omansa' when I need to calm down a bit.