BY LISA MROCK
Throughout Eric D. Johnson’s many years working on his delicately beautiful indie rock project Fruit Bats, he’s also taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music, been a part of The Shins and Califone, and scored films like Our Idiot Brother. We can’t help showing a little favoritism toward local artists, but the praise flows effortlessly when it comes to Fruit Bats’ latest album Absolute Loser. “My Sweet Midwest” strikes all the right chords, while the title track offers the perfect tinge of nostalgia. There’s a delightful essence of Americana with a kind and uplifting sound that will stick with you longer after he’s left the stage.