is no stranger to St. Louis; as a Greenville (Illinois) College student, he interned at SCOSAG in Tower Grove Park. But after deciding to pursue music full-time, the singer-songwriter dropped out of school and moved to Iowa City (where he's since enrolled in college again). This upheaval likely explains the slow-brooding turmoil present on Engstrom's Building Day One
, an album that wouldn't sound out of place among the Magnolia Electric Co. catalog. "Now" is the type of haunted dirge that band's frontman, Jason Molina, specializes in crafting, all tortured-ghost vocals and somber piano, while tea-time-refined strings create a mournful atmosphere on the fragile "Six." In an age when most indie rock is either overhyped or overly self-conscious, Engstrom's simplicity is incredibly rewarding.