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Greg Gibbs: The Lights (2011)

Greg Gibbs es uno de esos cantautores que pululan por la escena musical norteamericana con sus guitarras y su corte de instrumentos electroacústicos a cuestas. Greg además, y aunque resulte extraño, es el dueño de una cadena de tiendas de comida rápida centralizada en la ciudad de Chicago. Su música nos llegó a TJB en medio de un aluvión de sonidos del que todavía no hemos salido y del que pido disculpas a sus autores, por si su música no ha aparecido aún en el blog. En breve todos aparecerán.
La música de Greg Gibbs nos emociona, y lo hace particularmente en días grises como el de hoy, uno de esos días de casa y peli. Uno de esos días en que reflexionamos más de la cuenta sobre nuestras vivencias. El sonido de Greg es absolutamente intimista, reflexivo, melancólico y lleno de sensibilidad. Grabado y ejecutado en su totalidad por el propio Greg, The Lights es una colección de veinte canciones recopiladas durante los dos últimos años que puedes compartir con cualquiera, descargarte y escuchar en la intimidad. El sonido del disco oscila entre las reflexiones electroacústicas (Time capsule, Wasted plans, Campus Raygun, Food tastes fine, Facing the tree, The nibbler) propias de Josh Rouse, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Lee o Postal Service; a las escenas más intimistas y acústicas (What I had in mind, 2 Come undone, Most guitars are made of trees, I don´t mind, The least I could do, Ultrasonic range, Orwellian soccer blues, The lights, Hand me down), más cercanas a gentes como Fleet Foxes o Fanfarlo. Todo ello ejecutado de manera sutil, precisa y absolutamente arrebatadora, sin ningún lugar al sobresalto sonoro ni a la estridencia de ningún tipo.
Puedes disfrutar del disco oyéndolo en stream desde su Soundcloud, donde por cierto fue nombrado artista del mes el pasado Enero y descargarlo igualmente desde allí.

Greg Gibbs – The Lights (2011)

“With a unique experimental pop sound, a combo of guitars, piano, drum machine and electronic keyboard, Greg Gibbs is a marvel at composing catchy pop songs. A quirky assortment of well-crafted pop songs, The Lights, sounds more authentic than most pop musicians performing today.
Hailing from Roswell, New Mexico, Gibbs has made his home and livelihood in Chicago. Owner of the Chicago Bagel Authority, named “one of Chicago’s serious sandwich shops,” according to Time Out Chicago – Gibbs plays double duty, lover of food, and writer of catchy experimental pop songs.
His self-released album The Lights was released early this January, and has been making a stir in the Chicago indie music scene. Recorded in his home office, the album has the charm of a clean, homemade sound. Gibb’s was even named Soundcloud’s “Artist of the Day,” this past February and his music has been featured on NPR.
Gibb’s unique sound begins in the album opener, “Time Capsule.” This electronic soundscape is complimented by a beautiful piano progression. It’s similar to the vulnerability captured by Postal Service. The blended vocals and electronic sways pull you into the natural wave of the song. This is followed by the building track, “Expectation.” Here the sounds prepare you for the rest of the quirky-infused songs on the album.
“Wasted Plans” is purely experimental electro-goodness. The guitar and blender-spun vocals harmonize in ways that will remind you of a sea hitting against the rocks. The electronic guitars do not sound out of place within the electronic tones.
“Slow Down,” is a ridiculously pretty ditty. It has all the charm of an Iron and Wine track. Gibbs voice truly shines as something to be treasured. It’s the perfect folk tone, vulnerable enough to inspire empathy but wise in its hardened age.
The album picks up the pace again with “What I Had in Mind.” This acoustic track seems to echo levels of self-examination. When the beats come in after the chorus you begin to sail away with the rhythms. “I feel that most things will turn out fine,” sings Gibbs. You almost believe him.
“I Don’t Mind” gives you a perfect walking clap beat. It’s perfect for a walk on a sunny day in your neighborhood. “I don’t mind but I should,” Gibbs echoes. You’ll find yourself feeling as if you’re straight out of a Zach Braff-directed movie. It’s a soundtrack, made for your own personal walks.
“Campus Raygun” is a lovely up and down, headbobbing extravaganza. The song is only 2:00 in length, and you wish it were much longer. It’s the most pop, radio-friendly track on the album, and it’s pleasing to every sense. You cannot be in a bad mood to this song. I found myself going back to it, and turning it on when I was having a bad day, and this song just picked me right off the floor” (staticmultimedia.com)

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