Just Released: Daughn Gibson’s Me Moan

Daughn Gibson Me Moan

 

Sub Pop recording artist Daughn Gibson has received heaps upon heaps of praise for his latest release, Me Moan.  Here are just a few of the many kind words:

“Think of it as Mark Lanegan meets Portishead, or Nick Cave goes Country, or Ian Curtis’ great lost album.” [Album of the Week] The Sunday Times (UK)

“The desolate blend of despair and deep, deep affection is unlike anything I’ve ever encountered in pop.” [4 stars] The Independent (UK)

“The double-time snare rolls and tremolo’d guitars of ‘The Sound of Law’ still evoke outlaw country, as do Gibson’s tall tales of being born on the roadside to a beast of a man. Yet this isn’t the urgency you’d expect from someone truly on the run– in this context, ‘The Sound of Law’ is where Gibson discovers 5-Hour Energy or some other upper that’s slightly more illicit. It sounds like the uncomfortable, caged urgency one feels in the cabin, as Gibson tries, desperately, to find an end in sight.” – Pitchfork 

“Gibson is in equal measures a country crooner, electro pioneer, warped fantasist and courteous gentleman…A bizarre and thrilling listen, Me Moan‘s woozy journey involves grinding guitars, gothic atmospherics and swaggering grooves. Oh, and bagpipes.” – The Guardian

“The spectacular Me Moan is a genre-pulverising collection of creepy modern murder ballads and damaged, neon-lit Americana” – NME

Take a listen to the album in its entirety here, and be sure to grab your tickets to see him live in Madison with Steve Gunn and Oedipus Tex.  Speaking of rave reviews, Evan from Strictly Discs had some lovely words to say about both Daughn and Steve as well…

Daughn Gibson

Me Moan

Newly signed to Sub Pop on the strength of one album, last year’s sublime and strange All Hell (one of my year-end picks), Daughn Gibson returns with an even-more full fledged Lynch-noir take oncountry balladry. While All Hell was the result of bedroom chemlab style LP sampling and multi-instrumentation, Me Moan finds the Carlisle, PA trucker dreamboat in a real studio with a real session band, including guitarwork from John Baizley of Baroness and Chicago gun for hire Jim Elkington. If you thought All Hell was an unrepeatable feat of Waylon Jennings / Nico Jaar / Depeche Mode hybridity, he’s pulled it off once more and then some, as what’s lost from the debut’s miraculous scotch tape pastiche feel is replaced by storming studio production that seems to have freed Gibson up to explore his elaborate truckstop lounge story tropes. Me Moan is one of the most unique albums you’ll hear this year, and probably the only one that sounds like Randy Travis wandering through a paisley acid daydream. Check him out Sunday July 21 at the High Noon with fellow SD fave Steve Gunn.

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 Steve Gunn

Time Off

Steve Gunn finally brings us his first solo album with a backing band, proving himself one of the finest talents to emerge from the oughties drone-folk bog (you may remember his name from GHQ, the band he played in with Marcia Bassett from Double Leopards and Pete Nolan from Magik Markers). Gunn is an arresting guitar talent in the American Primitive style pioneered by John Fahey and ushered into the 21st century by the late Jack Rose, and he shows nice range on this LP, from Appalachian-style ballads, to bluesy slide guitar, to spectral avant-garde jamming. He’s also got a nice mellow voice that goes down like a cool lozenge. If you dig Fahey, early acoustic Mac, and bourbon sipping, this one’s for you.

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