Cass McCombs - 'Mangy Love'
The esoteric Californian’s eighth record is one of those rare gems that reveals more with every new listen. A songwriter very much in a field of his own, his debut on Anti marks a significant shift to a more mainstream sound, albeit on his own terms. The prolific troubadour has honed his musicianship and eccentricities with every record, resulting in a succession of wonderfully offbeat, articulate alt-country classics. 2013’s ‘Big Wheel and Others’ – a 22-track kaleidoscopic epic touching country, blues, folk and rock. This, however, strips it back to 12 songs of consistently warm, witty, and often odd wordplay that entices you in from the very first seconds of ‘Bum Bum Bum’s light soul. In cutting quantity for consistency, he’s created an affecting, lush sounding and cohesive set, that will sound wonderful live.