Thursday, August 8, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DAUGHN GIBSON - ME MOAN
The Pennsylvanian has a varied background, and his debut from last year was built on samples, but this time the programming is augmented by lots of live instruments, including plenty of guitar. And while the low tones of the singer are the dominate feature, the wide range of music is quite a surprise. There is dramatic stuff, starting with lead track The Sound Of Law, which begins "My daddy was a beast", drums at machine-gun time and everything fed through the echo-mystery setting. The finger-snap beat of Phantom Rider accompanies a chapter in the life of two ne'er-do-well's, no doubt up to no good, traveling with a very bad spirit ready to do very bad things. That number, and follower Mad Ocean recall darker 80's synth days of OMD and such, although I can't recall anybody sampling bagpipes then. Through everything, there's a country spokesman dying to get out, the American flavour to all of this. Towards the end, a couple of quite lovely ballads wrap things up, when you realize that Gibson actually has quite a lovely voice when the softer sounds let him emote. What could be just a modern take on murder ballads ends up a surprisingly creative and musical set.