Daughn Gibson, ‘Me Moan’ (Sub Pop)
Daughn Gibson has the kind of deep, sonorous voice that makes you sit up and take notice. The word “noir” is generally mentioned when talking about his music, and it’s easy to see why; in his first album for Sub Pop (his debut LP, “All Hell,” was released last year), each number seems like a cryptic short story, tales of mysterious goings-on bubbling under with brooding intensity.
Gibson’s multilayered musical approach seductively draws you in, as in “The Pisgee Nest,” which opens with what sounds like rushing water and a steady, unrelenting drumbeat, then drops in a sinuous, snaky guitar line which continues looping through the song as Gibson’s voice splits into a double-tracked vocal and other enigmatic noises creep in around the edges. Then there’s the haunting, Middle Eastern-style female vocal that hypnotically kicks off the roiling “You Don’t Fade,” and the bagpipes that unexpectedly pop up in “Mad Ocean.” “Me Moan” is a deeply textured album, the kind of record that draws you back again and again as you try to crack its secrets.
Gillian G. Gaar, Special to The Seattle Times
NOTE: Daughn Gibson performs July 26 at the Capitol Hill Block Party.
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