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With a laid-back feel that cuts right to the heart, Cass McCombs has crafted a unique and honest sound. The guitar riffs effortlessly flow over the percussion while the bass sits back and doesn’t miss a beat. His voice is a mix between spoken and sung which gives Cass McCombs the ability to tell us a story through his lyrics in a different way than usual; it feels like he’s talking directly to you. The composition complements this vocal technique by letting you fill in the gaps - a lot is left to the imagination. The lyrical content is thought-provoking and mysterious, he is able to say so much without saying much at all.
While lyrics like, “I stopped in for a little while/and warmed up to the thought,” are interesting and worth thinking about, lyrics like “Brighter criminal/I hope you escape,” really grab my attention. The song starts out very optimistic, giving positive twists on leading subjects (the first referenced lyric). But by the second verse when he stops in for a little while, he “learned a host of sins.” Being positive about life may not always be for the best. It’s important to look at events in the appropriate light, and not automatically turn up the brightness.
Nick Malpezzi is a lover of nature, cats, beer, and music. When he’s not at his day job he is recording artists, working on films, writing music, taking pictures and enjoying life. He believes complexity is derived from simplicity, which is seen in his musical tastes and original productions.
21 May 2018
Have you ever watched a flower bloom? The anticipation every day that today might be the day it opens up to show its true colors, leaves us in a state of hope. We have seen flowers in full bloom before so we understand the reward for waiting, and more often than not we are left in awe of their beauty. Flowers can be tricky though, some require constant care and a perfect climate so we spend a lot of time tending to them, nurturing them so they may be seen by the world in all of their glory. Humans can act the same way…
7 May 2018
It’s easy to get lost, lost in the moment, lost driving around, or maybe in a good book. Right from the beginning of Diving Woman, you get lost in the music; there is a fast fluttering synth that leads into some big four-on-the-floor drums and an inescapable bassline. Guitars fill in some space with some repetitive notes and a thick pad sits behind blending everything into one mass…
30 April 2018
Sometimes we need a break, a break from work, school, the internet or even a relationship. Our bonds can strengthen when we are deprived and we can look at our lives in a new light. Doug Tuttle keeps this song so simple for one reason, because life is simple…