Music @ Engine: Hello Shark + Gray Home Music
Review from Burlington's 'Seven Days":
Having toured extensively, Linc Halloran (guitar, vocals), Sean Hood (bass, vocals) and Alex Decato (drums) have stepped confidently and cohesively into their mellow-fi stride on their latest album, 'HS'.
Reminiscent of Pavement and Modest Mouse's 'The Lonesome Crowded West', Hello Shark is a stylistically sparse ensemble. Like garage bands of the 1990s, they blend understated instrumentation into comprehensive soundscapes. Halloran's intentionally elongated syllables and wavering off-key vocals have the same déjà vu-inducing qualities as oversaturated, faux-vintage, hipstamatic photos.
Halloran's songs are sincere and endearing. Like a Frank O'Hara poem, his verses stumble colorfully through ordinary youthful scenarios of heartbreak and wasted days: "I thought that me and you were about the same / about the same as black and navy blue, kayaks and canoes." His lyrics are simultaneously adorable and acutely introspective. Reminiscing about joyrides with friends, rooftop hangouts, boxes of wine, psychedelic sunsets, ironic T-shirts and being broke, Halloran becomes the cartographer of nostalgic treasure map.
Gray Home Music
Graham Wood lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Lucy Beirne and their twins,
Emmett and Edie. He grew up in Richmond, Indiana and Rockford,
Illinois and went to Earlham College and the School of Visual Arts. He
is the co-owner of Art House Picture Frames and makes art and plays
Also this is a review of "Motorcycle One"
Gray Home Music's fourth album, Motorcycle One, is its first for Third
Uncle and easily the most calculated, ambitious record of the band's
short life. In a densely packed 35-or-so minutes, Graham Wood, the
"gray home" in Gray Home Music, betrays just how much lonely studio
experimentation he's been up to in the three years since GHM's Send
Some Energy to Me, apparently building layers of Death Cab/Superchunk
guitars in his spare time and learning to stretch his tenor to its
emotive peak (see "Discarded Star Pianos" or "Field Study Samples" and
don't forget to catch your breath).
The lapse between releases was also spent accumulating some very heavy
biographical material that Wood has spun here into a neatly unified
cycle of pop meditations on materialism, fading childhood memories,
relocation and the pain of death. If that sounds a little heavyand it
certainly isthe collection manages never to drag under the weight of
its text. In fact, the whole thing is so coated with tuneful pop
optimism, not to mention production keen on headphone treats
("Drinking Light," "Electric Keyboard"), that the overwhelming
aftertaste of Motorcycle One is sweet, warm and fuzzy, if just a
little melancholy. Like a sonic wine cooler.
GHM previously released three discs on the venerable
Brooklyn-cum-Athens, Ga., label bumbleBEAR; albums that sit in line
with other great pop by folks such as Bugs Eat Books, Fairmont Fair
and the Boys' Star Library.
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