Last year's American Wrestlers album was one of those who-is-this-and-why-is-it-so-good? moments. A fantastic swirl of indie rock shoegaze and yes yacht rock. Here is a swiftly made follow up but this time Gary McLure has swapped his rickety 4 track for an actual studio and so it has a cleaner sound without destroying any of that lo-fi charm. Get ready to file under Sparklehorse, War on Drugs.
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I really enjoyed American Wrestlers debut last year. It was an unlikely combination of Mark Knopfler influenced Yacht rock and strummy indie pop. It contained a clutch of songs that have become favourites of mine so it's quite a surprise that I'd not bothered to listen to 'Goodbye Terrible Youth' until today.
It's not a bad album at all but being recorded in a 'proper' studio has led to the quirky intimate home recorded feel being watered down somewhat. The charm in their debut was to hear sophisticated song craft being attempted on a rusty old four track. Where that sound felt like leader Gary McClure was right in your ear, he sounds like he's a couple of rooms away. It's a shame as the likes of 'Amazing Grace' show he still has a knack with a keening melody but the vocals are more hidden and on 'Blind Kids' 80s synth and Journey guitars are far too much to the fore.
McClure needs to either get back to the four track or get lavishly produced as this half way house doesn't do justice to his melodic lead guitar indie pop.
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