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The Thicket

David Grubbs

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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.

Biography

Born: 21 September 1967 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brooklyn-based guitarist/pianist/vocalist David Grubbs made a major impact on the indie music scene during a ten-year residence in Chicago. Originally hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, he 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 Drag City boutique label Moikai. Grubbs first solo album of his own was released...
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