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Olympia’s Gun Outfit deliver four new tracks of their bluesy indie rock/punk with Time Slips Away, out on Perennial. Perennial has done a great job over the last five years of disseminating Olympia music to the rest of us, with releases from the likes of Sonskull, Broken Water, Weird TV, Milk Music, and Cairo Pythian among others. 90s alt rock worship is prevalent in many of these bands and, like Milk Music, one can hear heavy influence of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. in Gun Outfit. Instead of feeling derivative, these influences are submerged in the world of Gun Outfit, who bring to mind The Ukiah Drag’s In The Reaper’s Quarters in their apocalyptically gloomy sound. The twanging guitar and mix between Carrie Keith’s pained and Dylan Sharp’s husky vocals really emphasize the sinister Americana aspect of their sound. Country, blues, pop, and punk elements all collide into one coherent post-punk sound. Time Slips Away feels like a more intimate effort than 2013’s Hard Coming Down on Post Present Medium, but still relies heavily on atmosphere, bringing the listener into the band’s world and not letting up until the tape ends. Recommended track: Lola’s Tears/Buried Deep.

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