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Cass McCombs: Big wheel and others (Domino, 2014)

Cass McCombs es un cantautor californiano ya curtido, de largo recorrido. Big wheel and others (2014) es su último trabajo. Un álbum ecléctico que igualmente ha sido grabado en varias sesiones de grabación con músicos diferentes. Un trabajo en el que vas a encontrar una amplia representación de estilos, desde la Americana al Folk-Pop pasando por el sonido típicamente neoyorquino de Lou Reed o Alex Chilton o incluso sonoridades cercanas al Blues rural. Un gran disco (algo extenso) que no es fácil de digerir a la primera. Su casi hora y media dividida en veintidós cortes no son plato apto para todos los estómagos y menos para los exigentes gourmets de TJB.

Big Wheel and Others is a bundle, a bindle, a hay bale, and an oil barrel of songs. Some of the genres that are to be found in varying degrees in the songs on this album are: Road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, country songs, rhythm and blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs, poem songs, jams, and ballads – to use however you wish” (Domino)

McCombs puede considerar que ha encontrado un lugar entre esos electrocantautores de nuevo cuño. Un sitio al lado, por ejemplo de Josh Rouse o Brendan Benson. Con Big wheel podemos decir que ha dado con su sonido, con su interpretación personal de la música de los dos mil.

Musically, McCombs mixes light and dark in a similar way. His songs are often cast with an eerie serenity, emanating both from his soft vocals and fondness for guitar-led arrangements that glide between sections. His songs are often very pretty, though always invested with a palpable, if not quite visible, sense of foreboding. This  befits the characters of Wheel, most of whom are alone—some desperately so—and seeking redemption, if not simply trying to prove something to themselves. A sweet, loping love song is set between a couple “broken down for days at a free motel/ under the Oregon ridge.” On the brooding lament “My Name Written in Water”, McCombs trails a character escaping the suburbs for time spent amongst the ancient majesty of Utah mesas. Quoting Hamlet’s time-worn soliloquy on mortality, he’s concerned not with where to get gas, but with how the words he’s writing will represent him after he’s gone” (Pitchfork)

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6 marzo, 2014 Posted by | Cass McCombs | Deja un comentario

   

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