With his fourth album, Love Rides A Dark Horse, Ex-Old Crow Medicine Show guy Gill Landry treads a similar path that has been taken by greats such as Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits with a sparse, hushed approach to his sound. The songs are stories about people in dysfunctioning relationships, living in a supposed reality. Landry tackled this subject as he doesn’t know too many people who are happy with their lot in life. Heavyweight Blood Red vinyl and CD on Loose.
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You know love? You know how it rides a dark horse? Yeah, that… as an album. Endeared towards a career in country music on name alone, Gill Landry has created a record of slow, lilting, twanging, autopilot ballads and mid-tempo rockers that should appeal to anyone who likes to hear the guitar warble and whine. Coming off a timesink into the first season of Nashville, these unassuming, almost slowcore country songs are appealing as hell: the space they allow for their music evokes empty rooms with sun pouring into them.
Adorned with piano and stirngs and strums, this record mostly feeds off of its twang, the surrounding arrangements sounding off as supplements to keep the thing from being one long song. That twanging guitar gives Landry his loveliness: his voice broods over a constantly yearning bed of sound that keeps you locked into heartbreak. This is the kinda record you take up to your bedroom and sit on the floor projecting your feelings onto. Stay in the house and get cabin fever with it.
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