Pete Gow — Here Theres No Sirens (April 5th, 2019) •ƒ• Opět platí, že je oblečen do nádherných arrangements, široce rozmáchlých a pronikavých písní s vynikajícím smyslem pro rezignaci a odpočinek. Album „Here Theres No Sirens“ může být odstraněno z portfolia Case Hardin. Přesto Gow zůstává jedním z nejlepších skladatelů těchto dnů. Sám říká: „Nechtěl jsem, aby lidé přišli na koncert mého sólového alba, aby zjistili, že to bylo jako album Case Hardin, pouze s jinými muzikanty…, nechtěl jsem udělat album podobné „Some Tunes for Charlie Spencer“.
•ƒ• The album was produced by Joe Bennett (Bennett Wilson Poole) at Farm Music Studios in Oxfordshire. Pete: „I asked Joe to make this sound unlike any record I had previously made, so listeners can be assured they are hearing something uniquely different. Joe was the perfect foil..he politely appeared to tolerate that ridiculous mandate“.
Location: Elgin (Moray) ~ London, UK
Album release: April 5th, 2019
Record Label: Clubhouse Records
01 One Last One~Night Stand 5:27
02 Mikaela 4:53
03 Strip for Me 4:51
04 Here There’s No Sirens 5:43
05 TV Re~Runs 5:12
06 I Will & I Do 2:48
07 Some Old Jacobite King 5:21
08 Pretty Blue Flower 5:33
Posted on March 22, 2019; Score: 8
• A mature and accomplished solo debut. Excellent.
• Pete Gow, veteran frontman of the acclaimed Case Hardin, has recorded his first solo record Here There’s No Sirens. Released on the same label as Case Hardin, Gow’s sound is a deliberate departure from the band’s usual fare. This album is stripped back, focused, and deeply personal. The songs are a mixture of an almost confessional style, with some character driven tracks and one good old fashioned story song, ‘Some Old Jacobite King’.
• Gow spent many years working as a journalist, is the main songwriter for Case Hardin, and clearly has a knack for snappy lines. Some great lyrical hooks can be found throughout, such as “songs are like tattoos; you should think before you name one after a girl”. Sage advice.
• Gow’s obvious lyrical chops are underpinned by some perfectly restrained instrumentation, too. There’s some gospel~esque organ, orchestral embellishment and backing vocals, but it’s all mixed together to complement the driving thrust of Gow’s vocal and acoustic guitar which runs throughout.
• A possible criticism is that the record is a little one~note in terms of pace; the songs are all fairly slow and ponderous, there’s no rocky number to break the tension. When the album is so honed in on the sort of personal experiences it deals with, though, this potential flaw becomes a strength. The slow and steady pace builds and builds and creates a tangible atmosphere of melancholy as the record progresses.
• The instrumental restraint shows great maturity; it’s so easy to over produce and over embellish, especially when embarking on a solo venture for the first time, but Gow walks the line with poise. This is a deeply personal and intimate set of songs with some great lyrics and astute musicianship, all recorded wonderfully and delivered with heart. • https://americana-uk.com/
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