Surface To Air Missive is the a rock project helmed by Taylor Ross, a devotee of the old boogying Southern rock styles and a dab hand at playing it: in the studio, he handles pretty much all the instrumental duties. A welcome addition to the psych-pop landscape, Third Missive is the group’s second record. Released by Olde English Spelling Bee.
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9/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 March 2016
Kind of helping relocate some southern boogie leftovers to a new more indie-friendly landscape are Surface to Air Missive which is actually one Taylor Ross generally on his tod but with some pals popping in to help. Sitting kind of where strummy indie meets Lynyrd Skynrd, the album is quite often an exquisite delight particularly on the multitude of chord changes that litter opener ‘Everyone’s Nobody’. The song flits about hither and thither as if Ross was being paid per chord change. It reminds me of strummy ‘80s oddballs the Sex Clark Five with it’s mid fi production and strange tunefulness. Also imagine early REM in a tin can, ‘Fast Forward Rewind’ particularly has those chunky Peter Buck guitar patterns revitalised for a post Real Estate generation to enjoy.
Although true sophisticated pop moves throughout suggest a misspent youth listening to old Steely Dan records, there’s a clatteriness to these productions which will appeal to all fans of ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ era Pavement. A Malkmus-like warped mind is certainly at work on the extraordinary instrumental prog balladry of the title track. This is a wondrous album seems to do the impossible and introduces some of my favourite types of music which would normally not get to meet to each other and forces them to be friends.
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