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Dangerbird Records

Released: 16.02.24

 

 

 

 

 

Grandaddy return with their first new album since 2017’s The Last Place, and since the untimely passing of bass player Kevin Garcia. The work carries the weight of this sadness, it’s a low-key and melancholy affair which takes the vocabulary of heartbroken bluegrass music and applies Grandaddy’s penchant for modernity in babbling, strident synthesisers. 

Blu Wav is an amalgamation of ‘bluegrass’ and ‘new wave’, first single Watercooler is a perfect example of this amalgamation. Lyttle is juxtaposing some of the group’s most obtuse music to his most plain-speaking lyrics; You’re Going To Be Fine And I’m Going To Hell is one of his most direct songs. A slightly odd addition to a fairly flawless catalogue, but a valuable one, if a little tempered with tragedy.  

 


 

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