What does it sound like?:
Grandaddy’s new album caught me off balance. I knew little about the band other than having a suspicion they were vaguely lo fi Americana…kinda a bit grungy and a bit whiny. Avoid, in other words. However, “Last Place” is nothing like that at all – it’s a strange mixture of gorgeous melodies mixed with woozy analogue synths, motorik style drum beats, grungy guitars and perfect stacked harmonies. Trust me, it makes a whole lot more sense when you hear it than from that description. The weird juxtaposition of styles is a modern day thing where people try to invent stuff buy chucking strange ingredients together (rather like those TV chefs make chicken tikka marsala ice cream or whatever) however, the unifying ingredient here are the tunes, which are classic pop melodies set in a musical context which constantly surprises, and I like it a lot. The mood is at times quite joyful and at times wistful and contemplative, and that is fine with me too.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s toe tapping and interesting to listen to, so beyond that, is there a message here? It’s hard to interpret much from the lyrics – they seem to hint at uncertain times and a sense of feeling unrooted and insecure – maybe the theme of the times?
Goes well with…
Good to drive to, I found.
Might suit people who like…
Anyone who likes a good chune. It’s not strictly Americana (Gram would be very confused) and it’s not miserable, though to be fair it does have a whiff of lo fi but in a good way. It’ll sit happily next to your Gin Blossoms, Jayhawks, Golden Smog and Wilco albums. Probably not your thing if you’re a Robin Thicke fan.