The cover of Gun Outfit’s fifth long-player, Out Of Range, instantly gives you the feel of this album. Think guitars, think dust, think Steve Gunn, think Lee Ranaldo and perhaps even Lee Hazlewood and you’ll be getting pretty close. The guitars fiddle and intertwine while the vocals brood. CD and 140g Vinyl on Paradise Of Bachelors.
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Phrases like 'brutally beautiful' and 'tradition warping' are used on the press release. All of which early promise dissipates on opening track 'Ontological Intercourse' which is a chirpy little guitar ditty that sounds at best like the nascent Yo La Tengo of 'River of Water' or Silver Jews on a quiet day. Perhaps chirpy doesn't suit this band as once they've got this out the way they slow right down to produce a sound more akin to Lee Hazlewood working with Galaxie 500. They have a neat line in guitar duelling with drifty dreamy guitars trying to out play each other in the minimalist stakes. On 'Strange Insistence' the band lock into the sort of post Velvets groove and strum that also suited the Feelies or Real Estate.
But there's a looseness here that suggests a band flailing around for ideas. I don't hear anything that is better than anything I've heard before. The bands strength us their dust laden take on desert Americana, their weakness that I can't find an interesting tune amongst it.
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