Thursday, December 5, 2013

Woody Pitney - From the Indie Obsessive Mailbox

     We are seldom clear what to expect when we hear bands or musicians described as being within a compound genre. Just as an example, “Soul Rock” provides some information, but it brings more curiosity than understanding. We just don’t have a handle on what music falls into most compound genres.
     Well, thanks to an email invitation from Australian Woody Pitney, we now have a handle on the “Folk Pop” genre. Pitney recently released “Afterdust,” a four-track EP. In “You Can Stay,” the start says “Pop,” although the acoustic guitar work whispers “Folk.” Then, at the 1:02 mark, the two become equals. Until, at 1:45, we would argue that the choices of instruments and vocalization style allow Folk to take the upper position.
      The song “Reprise” is a switch from the approaches of the other tracks on “Afterdust.” First, it’s an instrumental. But more significantly, the guitars fuse different eras and genres. The song starts and ends with acoustic feels (guitar at the start, mandolin at the finish). Between the two, there are a 1970s Country Rock (Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker) feel starting at 1:11 and an Angels and Airwaves feel starting at 1:45.
     “You Can Stay"


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