10-16-2012 ‘The Sorry Sorry Sun EP’, released on Oct. 16, on Bandcamp, courtesy of Handsome Lady Records, is composed of 5-tracks detailing dark images of the weird and the grotesque, the painful and the raw, the planting and the harvest.
In keeping with Handsome Lady’s preferred practice of live-to-tape recordings, ‘The Sorry Sorry Sun EP’ was recorded live with a single microphone onto a 1973 TEAC reel-to-reel, quarter-inch tape machine. The results of this home-grown effort sound distinctly haunted, the tape machine helping to capture a ghostly set of sparsely strummed songs, graced by Gross’ soft, echoed vocals. Whether it’s the ominously thumped “Zero Sum”, or the mournful “Talking to a Pretty Blonde Girl,” this latest collection of songs is an ethereal meditation on mortality.
This, then, is the “Cinematic Americana” of 2011′s ‘Strip The Lanterns’, cast in black & white. Gone are the Technicolor hues of lushly arranged horns, steel guitars, and thick Louisiana-swamp drums. The sole focus of these songs is to evoke just as much imagery with far more stripped-down instrumentation. The songs on ‘The Sorry Sorry Sun EP’ compose an honest and tear-inducing wistfulness that has always been at the core of great folk songwriting.
Alec Gross’ ‘The Sorry Sorry Sun EP’, is available for download on a “pay what you want” basis here. Each track on the album is accompanied by an intimate live video performance, available for viewing on Handsome Lady Record’s YouTube channel.