Steven R. Smith: A Sketchbook of Endings (Soft Abuse, 2019)

June 15, 2019 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Steven R. Smith: A Sketchbook of Endings

Space/psych rock veteran Steven R. Smith’s latest solo album is a concise set of instrumentals which generally last around 2 minutes, but are filled with moods and melodies. It feels more accurate to call this his idea of a pop album rather than the usual “soundtrack to an imagined film” cliche. Smith’s guitar, which sounds somewhat rustic yet hotwired, leads the charge, but he plays other instruments such as the spike fiddle and hurdy gurdy, giving songs like “Everything in Circles” a mini-epic Dirty Three-like feel. This guy has an extensive back catalog spanning work with groups such as Hala Strana, Thuja, and Ulaan Khol, plus over a dozen solo efforts, but this seems like the easiest introduction to all that.

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