July 18th, 2011 by sariot
Even though Street Gnar is spending some time in NYC, this one-man (“plus whoever”) project is Kentucky proud true and true. Recorded last fall in a 3rd story apartment on Maxwell Street and mostly relegated to a relatively quiet and modest Internet presence since then, “Poking the World with a Stick” is among the most solid and refreshing summer albums to have emerged from Lexington in recent memory. Man-behind-the-curtain Case Mahan admits the sound was inspired by the fact that he was living alone for the first time in his life, and while many of the songs are sun-kissed and upbeat bedroom pop, the album is layered with a darker, at times almost mystical, psychedelia that moves it to a realm beyond your everyday, dime-a-dozen lo-fi surf-garage ditties. He’s offered a very generous free download at his Bandcamp site.
You probably won’t catch him around these parts very much this summer (he’s kicking it with the dudes from Mexican Summer for a spell), but keep your ear to the ground for a new album in the newer future, and stay tuned for more info about a set at an inconspicuous local festival presented by a certain local college radio station this fall….
Recommended if ya’ like Atlas Sound, Jovontaes, Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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