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Delta Moon, Black Cat Oil
Red Parlor Records, May 22

05/24/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Boy, the only words that are missing from the above are “muddy” and “waters,” huh?  But no, this Atlanta outfit is more down with what the Crowmatix are doing these days, namely using vintage pre-amps and vintage everything-else, throwing it in a Traffic/Grateful Dead stew-pot and recording it on modern equipment. The results, like most examples of this approach, are, in the end, mixed, because this is music made for vinyl, not digital. Outwardly there’s nothing wrong with this band, led by guitarist Tom Gray (who actually wrote the ’80s standard “Money Changes Everything”), nor their ideas, all of which are pretty much in line with that Clapton-having-a-few-pints-with-his-mates feel. Frankly, though, it’s a little sad when stuff like this comes in. In an engineering sense, with all the top-drawer studio gear, it’s like trying to kill a mosquito with the Empire State Building, a lot of the organic roots lost in the lonely archipelago of microphone outposts — what I’m saying is that the songs would have been much, much better served with some signal loss, say using a vintage four-track machine. I mean, you wouldn’t honestly think Jerry Lewis’s comedy chops would cut it on 30 Rock, would you? B —Eric W. Saeger





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