The Scenery of Farewell EP
Saddle Creek Records
Two Gallants’ mellowest disc yet, a batch of five acoustic tracks spanning almost thirty minutes. The Scenery of Farewell is a must-hear for fans, as much for its uncharacteristically warm instrumentation as for Adam Stephens’ crushingly sorrowful tales. Sample lyric: I’m sure that you’ve seen better, but for you I did my best.
The Narcotic Story
Hydra Head Records
Through a taxing amalgam of experimental rock, free jazz, blues, and post-hardcore, San Francisco group Oxbow – now in its 21st year – continues to cater to the music obsessed, the jaded, and the slightly evil.
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