Gun Outfit are a closely entwined band who sound very much like they operate out of California, which they do. Carrie Keith and Dylan Sharp’s vocals complement each other perfectly, while the forwards-on-the-freeway rhythm section and the desert-dusty guitars all slot perfectly into place. Dream All Over is on Paradise Of Bachelors.
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Happyness selflessly committed themselves to the nostalgic indie rock cause earlier this year, rekindling our undying love with Yo La Tengo, reminding us that Arcade Fire are a poor excuse for the golden days and telling kinda sleazy stories underneath gorgeous brushed drums. Gun Outfit, in the meantime, might be touting indie’s latter-day, big blog triumphs: their first song comes in with a bit of “The Race Is On” in it, but soon reveals the kind of still-water rock song the War on Drugs might once have made -- and to his credit, vocalist Dylan Sharp sounds like a countrified Kurt Vile. Uh… apparently a dude from Man Is The Bastard is on this record? Playing sitar? Let’s… see how that goes?
Companion vocalists Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith both serve up the kind of Americana-touting indie rock most bands eventually come ‘round to, in their textbooks, though they do it more like R.E.M. than anyone; “Matters To a Head” invokes sitars but sounds like something off of the lovably lame duck ‘Out of Time’. “Came To Be” twangs towards the dustbowl like Kevin Morby, juxtaposing Sharp’s mumbled, hard-worn vocals with whining guitar and sighing harmonies; “Scorpios Vegas” sounds like an attempt at “Cowgirl In The Sand” played softer, with spacier guitars and less obscuring solos. These influences have sleeves.
The ideas are nice and the music is all things swell, so put that piece of grass in your mouth and tilt your hat upwards if someone greets you. ‘Dream All Over’ is the sign of a good atmosphere band; the songs aren’t tight, but when you’re making Americana, you want the road to wind and wind, so fuck the destination.
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