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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Papermoon Gypsys - Self titled - New Release Review

I just received the newest self titled release from the Papermoon Gypsys and it's versatile and interesting. Opening with instrumental, When I Look Into Your Eyes, PG, led by Big Daddy Williams carves a gentle anthem with a guitar filled melody. William's style, a blend of melodic and shredding, proves a cool opener backed by Rich Smith on drums and Ron Moreno on bass. Love Medication has an easy funky beat with a jagged rhythm augmented by Smith, Albert Margolis on keys and lead vocals by Lexi G add a cool additional dimension. It's Complicated has an easy jazz pop (Steely Dan) feel with a low key loping guitar solo and lead vocals by Lexi. Cool track. She's Tough is right out of Elmore James' music stream. Williams is tight on the slide with a boogie groove. Nice! Little Town has a Latin blend overriding a rocker with vocals by Lexi and Spanish guitar riffs from Williams. Halls of Chandrian has a euro feel with low grinding distortion and eastern flavored melody. Lexi's vocals are bright and cultured and Williams sprinkles hints of sitar like sounds throughout. A forward rock guitar solo slices through the mix and a cool bass riff from Moreno hits hard. Down In Paradise has a New Orleans funk feel with Williams back on lead vocal. The "falling down the stairs" drums style on this track is really cool. Darrell Mansfield adds some real nice harp work on the track as well. Possibly my favorite track on the release, blues track, Have You Ever Had A Reason, has that Freddie King style as used by so many like Clapton et al. Lexi does a real nice job on vocals and Williams does his best guitar work on the release. Albert Margolis also lays down some really nice piano work rounding out the track nicely. Tex Mex styling and prominent vocals by Lexi on Arthur Alexanders, You Better Move On, makes this the natural radio favorite. Authentic sounding acoustic guitar work from Williams and subtle accordion gives it a warm feeling. Wrapping the release is Max Bennetti's Lonely Nights, a smooth jazz guitar instrumental warmed by the organ work of Rob Whitlock. Williams shows his stylistic flexibilities as he moves through guitar transitions throughout the track.
Very nice!

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