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Grumsling - A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea

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Oakland's Grumsling can be gentle, thoughtful and relatively meditative. This side of the band's personality is best revealed during the folk-ish, slightly jazzy "Roberta Sparrow." However the act can also be loud and boisterous. This other part of the act's sound is aurally witnessed via "The Game," which breaks down into lovely, loud rock & roll.

The group's more jazzy side is further revealed by the EP closing "Lightning," which is particularly highlighted by Dominic Rodriguez's swinging drumming. The group has also admitted to a Pink Floyd/Grateful Dead influence, and this latter track evolves from something lightly swinging, to something a lot more progressive and psychedelic. The group also claims an affinity for Modest Mouse, but only the album's title, A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea, truly reminds one of that band.

Being this eclectic is far better for listeners, than for marketers. However, great music should always sell itself, and this is some truly fine music. Let's hope it finds a home in listeners' hearts.

Grumsling - A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea
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