Thursday, July 14, 2011

REVERB/The DENVER POST says "Steal These" EPs...

"J. Wentworth. S. is a musical outlaw hero. Like the rugged loners who populate the spaghetti westerns from which he draws much of his inspiration, the Denver experimental musician blazes his own trails, breaks a few hearts and pulls a few burrs out of his boots while crafting his sun-drenched psychedelic desert laments." 
Released on Denver’s own Plastic Sound Supply Records, “Highway Driveway” serves as a peaceful-yet-exhilarating soundtrack to a man’s escape from the city and into the Sonoran desert. It’s a moody, reflective collection that juxtaposes organic instrumentation with analog electronic blips. Its dusty tin heart beats irregularly, like the twitching, wiggling gauges on the dashboard of a ’70s station wagon as it labors across America’s sun-burnt western expanses.
"The Poquito Pioneer,” the looser companion cassette released by Wil-Ru Records under the pseudonym JJango Cleefworth Morriconez (spaghetti western nerds should be able to unpack that one fairly easily), charts the same course, but from the perspective of a Salton Sea native returning to his homeland. Like an old cowboy who’s spent too much time in the city, its hat is ill-fitting, its boots too well-worn and its approach to the once-familiar desert landscape wary and rusty. Where “Highway Driveway” is the American euphoria and freedom of driving, “The Poquito Pioneer” is the heat stroke and fever dreams that follow."

by Eryc Eyl july 14 2011