‘Me Moan’ (Sub Pop)
Daughn Gibson (Josh Martin to his pals) spliced country and dubstep on his debut ‘All Hell’. But while that record was one of last year’s most consistent – its cut’n’shut styles enhanced by Martin’s compelling, ominous and from-the-boots baritone – this mostly-great follow-up is occasionally waylaid by its determination to make bad instruments sound good. ‘Kissin On The Blacktop’ makes liberal use of pedal steel guitar. ‘Mad Ocean’ uses bagpipes. ‘Into The Sea’ has flourishes of loungey brass swiped straight out of an 80s wine bar. Our gripe is petty: it’s not that ‘Me Moan’ is try-hard, simply that it doesn’t sound effortless enough.