Posted by: will | May 2, 2007

David Kilgour…

David Kilgour “The Far Now” (Merge)

Buy it at Insound!

A few years ago, thanks to Merge Records, I discovered a wonderful indie band from New Zealand by the name of The Clean. The band played inventive, yet famliar indie pop/rock. The band was led by front man David Kilgour. In a perfect world Kilgour would be very well-known man outside of his native New Zealand. Kilgour simply writes beautiful pop songs that run the gamut of styles. Whether it be an acoustic ballad or a psychedelic guitar stomper, Kilgour is quite adept at writing a memorable tune. His solo work has a similar feel to his band, The Clean, but perhaps more loose and intimate overall. There is a definite Paul Westerberg feel on The Far Now which have never really noticed from a Kilgour album. That’s a positive as Westerberg still remains one of my favorite song-writers. Unfortunately, The Far Now falls a bit short of his high standards. That is not to say there aren’t some gorgeous tracks here cause there certainly is. The album is just more hit and miss than Kilgour’s past material. Do yourself a favor and buy a Clean record or an earlier Kilgour solo effort. I think you’ll be glad you took the time.

RIYL: Paul Westerberg, Yo La Tengo, The Velvet Underground

Listen: David Kilgour – BBC World (mp3)

www.myspace.com/davidkilgour

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