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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 March 2014
Here’s another one of those lads on Captured Tracks who go under under a band name (and a confusing one at that) but are basically what we used to know as a one man band.
Recorded by Woods member Jarvis Tarveniere this is the debut release from Georgia native Ben Asbury. Its full of smart, tuneful ‘n’ tough psychedelic pop which at times sounds like it could have been concocted somewhere in the early 90’s. He’s certainly not afraid of writing a tune and the tracks brush past in a breezy blast.
Like many others these days he has an insistence on using falsetto vocals which at times take a bit of getting used to, straining as they do on the upper register. He sounds a little like Justin Vernon at times which gives me a few issues but there’s no doubting the effortless quality of the tunes he delivers, recorded in a kind of mid-fi style with rudimentary drums and lots of strummed electric guitars he most recalls Kurt Vile and Mac De Marco channeling the spirit of The Lemonheads.
There are some killer hooks; ‘Same Signs’ is a nice back porch Woods-like number that bursts into a fantastically creative harmonic chorus. Just the vaguest hint of Neil Young coming down the pipe. Definitely file under promising rather than the finished product but its another nice find from Captured Tracks.
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