ALBUM REVIEW: Wesley Gonzales – Appalling Human | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Moshi Moshi Records

Released: 12.06.20

 

 

 

 

 

Having released three incredibly underrated indie rock albums in Let’s Wrestle, Wesley Gonzales eschewed his signature sound on 2017’s Excellent Musician – inspired by Beatles-esque melodicism, Stevie Wonder, Al Green and early electronic music. As much as Gonzales’ sonic palette had changed, his sense of humour and eye for detail remained intact. Appalling Human is very much a sibling of Excellent Musician; moving away from the 70’s MOR of its predecessor and into the synth pop territory that John Grant has popularised in recent years, with lead single Change exemplifying this.

Perhaps the most obvious shift in gear is that Gonzales’ observations are less sharp and more banal. You assume offhand similes about “feeding sugar to a diabetic” would have ended up on the cutting room floor in his teens, and as much as this is Gonzales’ most musically ambitious release where the songs are concerned (once brimming with personality), I feel like I could be listening to anyone.

 

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