Cass McCombs has been slinging his brand of singer/songwriter-ism round these United States for about a decade at this point. I remember meeting him years ago at my old house the HOSS when the Pants Yell! gang brought him around, and more or less since then I’ve been hooked on his beautiful, melancholy brand of songwriting that always comes informed by the many classic strains of pop songwriting that the world has given us. McCombs, these days located in California, has a new record out on DOMINO RECORDS entitled, WIT’S END. It’s a very sad sounding record, but with beautiful pop flourishes. Nowhere are these more apparent on this record than on the opener, “County Line.” The song shuffles along with a very easy beat, electric piano popping out here and there, and then the chorus comes along and the head bobbing starts as the falsetto settles in. Just a beautiful slice of country/soul. The record continues with the gentle harpsichord of “Buried Alive”, sounding quite Elliot Smith-ish here with a haunting, creeping Beatles-y melody set aside for the chorus. A depressing, very pretty record from a guy who has made those adjectives his very own since the early 00s. Sunday morning has a new record to pair with.
LISTEN TO: CASS MCCAOMBS – WIT’S END
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