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Released after Gastr del Sol's last album, Camoufleur, The Thicket takes the slanted, minimal songwriting Grubbs explored with the band's early releases into his own hands, making the album the first under his name that seems to reflect his main thrust in songwriting. Unsurprisingly, The Thicket trades many of the abstract instrumental qualities of Grubbs' other work for an almost singer/songwriter feel — its songs are, at the core, rustic, country-tinged constructions of acoustic guitar, with a much stronger vocal presence than before. With Grubbs' always-keen sense of interesting arrangements and instrumentation, The Thicket stands as a polished and fully realized example of this vein of Grubb's songwriting.


Born: 21 September 1967 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An important figure in the post-rock and experimental music communities, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist David Grubbs made an especially strong impact on the indie music scene during his ten-year residence in Chicago. Originally hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Grubbs was a member of Bastro and Squirrel Bait before teaming up with Jim O'Rourke in Gastr del Sol. That band issued a number of critically acclaimed albums in the mid-'90s before O'Rourke split to pursue solo projects and focus on his...
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