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On Daughn Gibson’s debut album, All Hell, the baritone-voiced Pennsylvania singer-songwriter crafted a diverse range of haunting country noir via sampled sounds. But with his Sub Pop debut, Me Moan, Gibson is inviting in an even broader array of sounds, with a greater emphasis on live instrumentation and rich, lush arrangements. On “The Sound of Law,” the first track to be released from the album, it shows.
There’s still a crackly, looped quality to the tune, suggesting that Gibson is still building from a similar template, but the sound this time around is even bigger and more ominous. Drums sputter and skip. Pianos crash and clang. And backing vocals provide a ghostly counterpoint to Gibson’s own deep-voiced croon. It’s an overwhelmingly arranged three minutes of darkly opulent pop music, fulfilling the promise set forth on his debut with a fearless heroism. And yet there’s still an undeniably dark undercurrent to it all, which goes to show that an outlaw in fancy clothes is still an outlaw.[found on Me Moan, Sub Pop; out July 9]
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.