With his debut project All Hell, last year Daughn Gibson’s gloomy, brooding, booming voice rang clear amongst his sonic mish mash of dub and country music. Single handedly he shook things up and expectation for his follow up Me Moan has been pretty high over here to say the least.
The core DNA that initially put Gibson under the spotlight last year is once again present on his second outing, but his sophomore see’s the singer flex his creativity a little more. It see’s him chance his arm somewhat and reach into different territories and although not every blow delivered lands, his odd, engaging blends and contorted take on country music continues to excite. Whether it be using loops, samples, filters or including left field instrumentation like bagpipes…of all things, he’s expanding his repertoire and adding more to his sonic toolkit. But despite the experimental dressage (which more often that not works on here) it’s when Gibson is chiseling down his output and crafting lean, muscular songs that his talent and potential is more angled and holds more weight. Tracks like the fantastic opening number ”The Sound of Law”, “Franco” and “Phantom Rider” not only show how good the former Pearls and Brass Drummer can be musically, but they also put more force behind his songwriting abilities and that smokey, vocal husk of his.
Me Moan does come across as more of a feeling out process in places and in that regard despite having a number of solid focal points and sharp spikes along its trajectory, it dosent quite make the impact or leave the same impression that All Hell did. However there is still plenty to love about this record and if anything it only continues to fuel the fires of excitement behind Gibson. If you’re looking for something that well and truly emphasises the Alt in Alt Country then the prickly, dark tones peppered across this record will more than satisfy your need.