Well-traveled Nashville roots-rockers Blank Range are following up 2013’s Phase II this week with a new EP called Vista Bent. The four-track collection is a country-tinged drive down the highway with whiskey-soaked vocals and plenty of steel guitar. Blunted bell clangs and lively pop rock melodies of Vista Bent make for a happy compendium of ’70s nostalgia, Nashville heartbreak, and subtle experimentation. Stream the full EP below.
Baritone guitarist and spaghetti western fan Grant Gustafson explained the group’s inspiration for the EP:
We had just returned from a very formative west coast tour as we headed in to start tracking. The scenery stuck in our heads as we sort of assimilated back into being home. Still filled with the romantic thoughts of something coming to an end, we were lucky to have such a direct outlet for those feelings in these recordings.
Vista Bent is out 11/11 on Thirty Tigers. Pre-order it here.