With bright organ keys worthy of Wilco, a percussive shuffle reminiscent of Kevin Morby's work and the dust-bowl sadness of Cass McCombs, Fraser A. Gorman has served up a slice of heavily referential but nonetheless sweet and pleasant rock 'n' roll. "Book Of Love" is scattered with beautiful motifs, stray chords and ascendant backing vocals. Grab it on 7".
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7/10 Penrith Steve 8th July 2015
Fraser A. Gorman is an Australian singer/songwriter who is starting to make waves over here. I guess you couldn't be blamed for making comparisons to Tobias Jesso Jnr, but my initial impression is that there's a bit more going on here. "Book Of Love", the single lifted from his debut long-player "Slow Gum" starts with a kind of JJ Cale groove: shuffling drums, electric piano, slide guitar and double-tracked vocals. The chorus breaks out very nicely from a relatively hum-drum verse with "ah-ah-ahs" from backing singers which lift the song. Not the best track on "Slow Gum" but it's not bad, like.
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