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Though Matthew Milia is technically a native to the vast and vaguely defined expanse known as Metro Detroit, he has somehow mythologized a residence of his own creation—a singular and dusky world called Orion Town.

Amid a map where towns blur into each other by the dozen, Milia’s geography survives as a connection of psychic landmarks, containers of boundless amounts of ... Read more in Amazon's Frontier Ruckus Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quite Scientific
  • ASIN: B001INZ7EC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. What You Are
4. Dark Autumn Hour
5. Mount Marcy
6. The Blood
7. Bethlehem
8. Foggy Lilac Windows
9. Orion Town 2
10. The Back-Lot World
11. Rosemont
12. Orion Town 3
13. Adirondack Amish Holler
14. The Deep-Yard Dream

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Matthew Milia & crew bring 14 hair-raising songs about the dark stretches of thought within relationships & realizations of ones home. Milia's loquacious melodies are enhanced by the swelling saw & trumpet of Zachary Nichols. Wavering between the worlds of age-old bluegrass, turn of the century broadsheets and today, Frontier Ruckus is no age of yore revivalist outfit; rather more a synthesis of modernity with a rose glassed tint, and unwavering honesty...


Led by the quavering vocals of Matthew Milia, this Orion (pronounced 'OR-ee-un'), Michigan quintet creates white-hot folk music tailor-made to burn a hole through sunken porches...Milia's dank and smart turns of phrase grasp for a past that's not quite there. The sun bleeds onto the horizon and Milia's skeletons dance. 8/10 --Under the Radar seems the year's best alt-country record is from a nascent band that calls suburban Detroit home...Frontier Ruckus has pieced together an endlessly fascinating record...Matthew Milia has achieved a rare sort of sound that simultaneously evokes myriad influences while coalescing into a unique whole. --Hear/Say of the greatest folk bands the Midwest has ever seen. --All Things That Rock

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on November 29, 2010
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I bought this album after I saw them live - these guys are truly amazing. It's the sort of CD that you can hear from across the room and know exactly what it is. They have a very unique, folksy sound - but not in a traditional folk way. It's very contemporary. And they really have a way with lyrics - very haunting, and definitely not your run-of-the-mill rhymes. As a girl who's normally very into 90s rock, Pink Floyd, and a host of other completely non-folk-type bands, I love it. It's definitely worth trying. Plus, they have a guy playing the saw. Yes, the thing you cut down trees with. Who knew?

The particular song I fell in love with is Rosemont, so listen to that if you're feeling hesitant. I heard them play that song and I couldn't stop thinking about it until I bought this CD. There aren't many songs that make me do that, and definitely not that many songs I hear for the first time in concert that make me want to go buy a CD. I'm forgetful, so it really has to make an impact for me to do that.

Lastly, if these guys ever end up playing anywhere near you, go see them. It's well worth the $10 to see them live. They have an incredible energy that their albums only hint at, and you will not regret getting to see it. I will gladly see them live again the next time they're anywhere near my area. There were maybe 15 people at the show I was at, but they played like it was their last concert anyway. The intimacy was great, and you can tell they really care about what they're doing, regardless of turnout. Go support a great band if you get the chance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Moon on June 18, 2009
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I literally have been listening to this album for the past 2 weeks and can't get enough. Its hard to understand why these guys don't have a huge following. This album has turned me on to a whole new genre... its really that good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Dunton on December 11, 2008
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i can't believe there are no reviews of this amazing album yet. wonderful indie folk with haunting lyrics and gorgeous melodies. hey, it made me crawl out of my cave for two seconds to actually write a review SO it must be good. just trust me.
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