Here’s the title track from psychedelic, roots-minded Portland folk rockers Blitzen Trapper’s new album American Goldwing. Grab a harmonica.
American Goldwing is out on 9/13 via Sub Pop.
[Photo by Tyler Kohlhoff]
Their 2007 album, and their 2008 “Furr” album was amazing, because it was taking old style music and giving it a facelift. It was taking predictable sounds and making them unpredictable and interesting. Both their 2010 album though, and from what it seems their new one, is just old style, period.
I used to be a big Blitzen Trapper fan (met two of the band members too in one of their live shows, very nice guys), and I used to frequent their forums too, but I’m sad to say that I’m not a fan of this music.
Agreed, I loved the ragged looseness of Wild Mountain Nation. New stuff sounds pretty conventional.
I’ll give it to them though, they put out a lot of records, which is not something you can say about most bands. These days we’re lucky to get a record every 2 years. I mean, in 1965 the Rollings Stones put out FOUR records.
This song sounds like the next step from “Wild Mountain Nation” and “Furr”. Destroyer of the Void was my least favorite album and this new song seems to have less in common with that album than the 1st 2 albums. This song has a sound that reminds me of my favorite band “The Band”.
I fell in love with this band in 2004 with their self released Field Rexx album and still listen to it religiously. Maybe its the DIY distorted drums mixed with their sultry country sound that makes it so appealing, but I think the rest of their albums have been too produced and simple for me.
I gotta say, this is one of their better songs. I’ve been listening since Wild Mountain Nation, and the chorus, the groove and melody, is just fantastic. It’s similar territory as Big Black Bird and Wild Mountain Nation, but I think this is the best iteration of it.
If all this album is going to be is a retread of their Americana sounds, with this quality of songwriting, I’ll love it. New territory, sounds, styles and experiments is gravy on top.
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