Hitting you in the chest and reaching the dark corners of the nature of man in a way that would be fitting for a True Detective soundtrack, Collin Hegna of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s side project creates soundtracks to imaginary spaghetti westerns with a darkerned southern twist. For fans of King Dude, The Handsome Family.
Vinyl LP £28.49 DWO17
180g vinyl LP on Death Waltz Originals.
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Actually now I've opened it up I kind of wish I hadn't. It's not what I was expecting. The press blurb said spaghetti western and though that is partly true this is much more of a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra vibe. The opening track is a nicely orchestrated song with voices low and shrill. Neither of the vocalists particularly have a good voice which is what holds it back but it's a nice song. This album (by Brian Jonestown Massacre bassist Collin Hegna and pals is blatantly and obviously influenced by the 'cowboy psychedelia' of Hazlewood with lots of period touches such as twangy Duane Eddy guitars and mariachi type horns.
Hegna's voice tries it's best to ape Johnny Cash and there are some pretty nice songs such as 'I Swore I'd Never Kill' and 'The Fire Came Down From the Mountain' with has that Morricone style orchestration in spades. It's a funny one for Death Waltz Originals to release as the record is less of a soundtrack than a Western influenced pop LP. Side B does have a couple of instrumentals but these are still more ambitious than atmospheric. The period touches are excellently done but you are going to have to really like grandiose twangy productions to fully enjoy it.
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