Album Review

GR – “A Reverse Age” – [Mexican Summer]

surferrosa   1/6/2013   12-inch, A Library

GR is the moniker of Gregory Raimo, Frenchman and former guitarist for Gunslingers. Here is his one man band, in which he performs on guitar, bass, drums and vocals. The riffage is delivered, fuzzy and infectious.. guitar squeals and licks a plenty, going beyond the strum of rhythm. Drums do much more than keep the beat, locked into the liquid bass lines. Far away, sorta nasaly, telephone receiver style vocals are delightfully barely intelligible. This is some lo-fi, asymmetrical, dirty-gritty breed of psych, hearkening back to a few decades ago..some good old broken rock n roll for fans of overdrive and welll placed, tastefully executed, moderately but not overly indulgent guitar solos…Processing is minimal, this sounds mostly like its coming straight from the amp, but includes reverb and a little tiny touch of wha-wha…as far as I can tell anyway. Acoustic number at the end of A, killer drum work at the end of B. A nice balance of sweet and nasty. -Surfer Rosa

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