Guy Grogan – “Stick the Landing”
Guy Grogan impressed last year with “My Own Way Out“, which showed the one-man-band and Santa Fe-based singer/songwriter as a faithful member of alt-rock’s enduring legacy. With influences like Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr, and Jesus and Mary Chain being prevalent, in addition to a penchant for power-pop hooks and distortion-aided guitar solos, Grogan’s sound recalls some of alternative’s finer names. His newest album, Glitter in the Gears, was released this past December. One highlight is “Stick the Landing”, a track that pursues a psych-folk edge with weary vocals and gentle acoustic strumming. Multi-layered vocals and a piano addition toward the final two-thirds lend a melodic and gently reassuring presence, showing a slight departure from his more rockin’ songs, though one that shows an eclectic ability and retains the power-pop hookiness.