|Gringo Star / Sides And In Between, The|
|Album:||Sides And In Between, The||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||Gringo Star||Added:||Nov 2016|
|Add Date:||2016-11-16||Pull Date:||2017-01-18|
|Week Ending:||Jan 15||Dec 25||Dec 11||Dec 4||Nov 20|
|1.||Jan 12, 2017:||a strange pursuit |
|4.||Dec 08, 2016:||1100866 |
|2.||Dec 23, 2016:||KZSU Time Traveler |
|5.||Dec 03, 2016:||Old Fart at Play |
|3.||Dec 21, 2016:||The Library |
|6.||Nov 19, 2016:||Buford J. Sharkley Presents: As Told to Hervey Okkles |
Psych rock/psych folk. At their best, these guys have a bizarro country vibe; at their worst, kind of a punchless pop one. Lots of psychedelic accents and tropes, but the lead singer’s nasal voice has a way of cutting through the clutter. Lyrics can be forgettable, but some of the instrumental sections are neat. The whole thing has kind of a vintage aesthetic, like it was made on cassettes before I was born.|
Recommended: 1, 4
1) “Rotten” (2:52): Nice movement in the guitar, and good decisive start.
2) “Magic” (3:10): “Magic / it’s magic…” It’s OK.
3) “Get Closer” (3:27): Summery song, upbeat. Guitars jangle.
4) “Still Alive” (3:00): More of a bizarro country vibe, which I think plays to their strengths. Picking around on the high end of the guitar.
5) “Going Home” (3:00): Synth and whistling touches.
6) “Knee Deep” (3:41): Growling on the low end, picking on the high end. More folky. Strings add some drama at the end.
7) “Heading South” (3:09): Voices a bit dirtier, like they’re being filtered through an old-time radio.
8) “Undone” (3:15): Emphatic whistling, and lots of plinking on the piano. Singer is particularly nasal here.
9) “It’s You” (1:48): Chorus droning in the background--sultrier.
10) “The Last Trace” (2:04): Very straightforward poppy song without too much punch.
|4.||Still Alive||9.||It's You|
|5.||Going Home||10.||The Last Trace|