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Sam Gas Can - “Anna on the Phone” dir. trashcanland
My new album is out today!
Based in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, Sam Gas Can is a freewhelling troubadour with a truly egalitarian approach to sound and an expansive catalog, having released with as eclectic a bag of labels as Feeding Tube, Digitalis, Eggy, Gnar, and his own Faux-Pas Recordings imprint. Sam is a master of what Sunburned Hand of the Man called ‘social sound,’ transcending genre barriers as if they didn’t exist. On ‘I Sat Around Today,’ the range and relationships this creates leaves a flavor almost of lo-fi library music, as if the fuzz he’d heard on psych-rock radio had influenced his noisier tendencies as much as any experience with music. Having said that, in the same way that his music configures a variety of influences, free-form jazzy psych-pop or something more suited to the garage, his efforts also chart the expansion of a related creative community; some of the tape’s standouts feature segues into oddball contributions from a variety of others. Joseph Bastardo (Bastian Void, Moss Archives), John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man, Chelsea Light), Sarah Smith (Blanche Blanche Blanche), and Orion Russell (Zzoness, ex-Lord Jeff) make appearances, alongside other one-off contributions from others in the growing Massachusetts/Vermont DIY scene. Beyond being one of his lengthiest efforts in the last several years, ‘I Sat Around Today’ is a stunning example of how ‘the album’ is opening up these days. Gran a copy while they last via our Bandcamp.