Split 7” Entry 1
Colossal Yes/The Good Fear (Gold Robot Records) 2010
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This is the first entry in Gold Robot’s split series pairing artists from different regions. Colossal Yes (Oakland, California) and The Good Fear (Fayetteville, Arkansas) team up with photographers Elise Irving (California) and Rett Peek (Arkansas) to provide the music and art for this opaque gray 7”. From the looks of the cover I half expected to hear some type of new age ambient soundscapes, but instead packed into these grooves was something much more down home and rootsy. Colossal Yes lead off with “Backbiter Blues” a track that sounds like it crawled from the recesses of a smoke-filled bar. It was no suprise to me to read this was recorded live with one mic. The vocals are gritty and filled with passionate desperation. The track throws in some loungy sax playing and a melodic piano line to fill out this dusty barroom ballad. The Good Fear start their track ” Be Like Us” with a strummed acoustic guitar mixed with a droning organ, gentle backbeat and subdued vocals. That covers the first minute and a half. From there everything changes. The drums quicken the pace. The vocals become strained and filled with emotion as the song takes on shape shifting time signatures before winding down full circle to a slow, yearning ending. These tracks compliment each other well and make for a great start to a 7” series.