Saturday, September 13, 2008
Album Review: David Grubbs
David Grubbs -'An Optimist Notes The Dust.' (Drag City)
This album has been described by its' creator as 'A step into the void.' It's fitting that it's out on Drag City, a label visionary enough to release music such as this. It's more surprising to read in the accompanying sleevenotes that it was mostly recorded in Brooklyn, bteween November and March. A surprise, as the sound and feeling David Grubbs evokes are hot, hazey, dusty summer days. The ones that are inland, that make you tired and yet, are somehow really beautiful.*
Then, looking further at the sleevenotes, it transpires that additional recording was made by Paul Oldham in Kentucky in July 2007 'on a day that hit a record 105 degrees before thunderstorms came, turned the sky green and thrashed the cornfields.'
While something as unique as this record is hard to compare to many other artists (hence the allusions, in true British style, to the weather), think Slint circa Spiderland, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy circa Master and Everyone. Third track 'Holy Fool Music' is perhaps the most different sounding track on the album, my notes reading that it evokes Pavement and prime-era Sonic Youth, with a hint of Led Zeppelin circa Physical Graffitti.
David Grubbs' music is something other, something special. Check this album out to hear it. I think I've exhausted my thesaurus.
David Grubbs -'An Optimist Declines (edit).' mp3 [taken from the Drag City page]
An Optimist Notes The Dust is released on September 29, 2008
David Grubbs' mySpace
* Mind you, Transformer was recorded in London.