The burnt-out cassette tape sounds of Dougie Poole's sizzling debut, Wideass Highway, meet at the desolate intersection of experimental pop and outlaw country. I'd like to use the term "hipsterbilly," but I'm sure it would seem derogatory, although the mix of Ariel Pink meets Bobby Bare is a genre defying tie-dye of musical brilliance.
Lo-fi twirls of reverb guitar provide the Texas twang for the cheap drum machine and plopping bass licks of the tracks of supreme American candor. From the tear-jerkin' woebegone cowboy ballad on "Less Young But as Dumb" to the holy, droning, tongue-in-cheek psalm "Port Authority Hymn," Poole's pickled perspective is a chivalrous, back-handed salute to traditional American songwriting.
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