These days, things are a bit easier for these people. Drum machines and computers have been able to add a lot to live music, lowering the intimite feel. But then again, sometimes it sticks. If you ever witnessed a Bain Wolfkind gig, you'll know what I mean. And I have a feeling that Ric Gordon is another one of those solo performers who are able to get stuck in your head on a very, very personal level. The EP is his homage to a summer he spent busking out on the streets with his old guitar. It includes three new songs and several reworks, and it sounds so great I think it's time for another song-by-song thing.
'The Death of Queen Jane' is an acoustic folk rock songs that combines the vocals qualities of Luka Bloom with the storytelling abilities of Nick Cave. At this point, the camp fire is lit and the marshmellows are being impaled. Yes, impaled, that's what you people do when you eat marshmellows at a camp fire. 'You Always Stayed' adds a bit of background percussion to the intimate sound and becomes a bit of a happy punk rock song that way. Here, the people around the fire are clicking their fingers. This is becoming a great night.
'Never Wanted You' turns the whole thing into a soft rock parade. Somehow a name like Fleedwood Mac suddenly comes to mind but I'm not sure why. Maybe because this is an excellent piece of songwriting and simply a damn good pop rock song. Another sudden reference is The Cure, also because this is just a very, very good song. 'I You Two' drives on a dubby bassline, which is quite entertaining while also returning the intimacy that makes this music so pleasurable. Yet, after a while it become clear that Gordon doesn't shun the effect pedals but that only adds to the fun. People are dancing now.
And they continue to dance to the classic pop rock sounding 'Find Your Way Home'. This is a bit of a tearjerker, influenced by both classic rock and nineties grunge and, of course, with this music the ghost of Johnny Cash is never far away. Neither is Conway Twitty, who we all know from Family Guy and is quite possible the only country singer most of us know. Closer 'For You' comes closer to Bain Wolfkind by mixing clean guitars with electronic, almost industrial drums. That amount of variation rare in singer/songwriter albums so I welcome it very much. This just a great piece of work for a talented artist.