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GREG LYON
Midriff Records
Nowhere Near Poughkeepsie
11 tracks
I wish I had been able to spend more time with this record, as each of the several listens I did give it revealed more and more layers. Listening to it all the layers unfold kind of made me feel like I was in the movie Inception, except that Greg Lyon’s work actually goes somewhere. At times, this record runs the risk of getting lumped together with all the other low-fi, folk-tinged indie groups that are popping up like dandelions, but Lyon’s malleable voice pushes the proceedings in interesting directions. At various times, his vocals reminded me of Lou Reed, Thom Yorke, and Ian Curtis. Not bad company at all. The music itself manages to borrow from a wide array of genres. The folk, country, and roots rock touches are par for the genre, but Lyon also convincingly conjures up the fuzzed-out rock of Sebadoh and the cheery ’60s pop of the Turtles. In lesser hands, this would lead to musical schizophrenia, but Lyon somehow makes all the pieces come together harmoniously. (Kevin Finn)

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