Album Review

Head Cleaner: a Louisville Music Compilation [coll] – [Gubbey Records]

Naysayer   12/1/2013   A Library, Cassette

Is Louisville the other Austin? This Gubbey Records two cassette, 46 song compilation celebration of all things Louisville, Kentucky right now at the end of 2013 will have you thinking that. Though they are not trying to be any other place than Louisville. Instead, they are honoring their city and all that is outstanding about it musically. And honor it they have. For over 2 1/2 hours the music that spills forth from this compilation is a reflection of the diverse musical creativity coming out of this interesting place. Gubbey Records put out an open call for music to be included in this collection and the selections came pouring in, the results being “Head Cleaner: a Louisville Music Compilation.” All artists are from Louisville and most do not have any other recordings out on LP, cassette or CD format. Which is amazing.
So what does it sound like? It’s easier to ask what it doesn’t sound like. One track after another, the sounds and styles change, each keeping you wanting more. Old timey country, noise, bluegrass, drone, metal, ambient, acoustic vocals, guitar noodling, trash rock, geek folk, alterna rock…… it just keeps coming and coming forward, track after track. The quality is astounding. The diversity is jaw dropping. And after 2 1/2 hours it just leaves you with a big smile on your face, happy to know about the good stuff that’s going on out there in the world.

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