By DOTTIE PARIS
Guy Grogan’s powerpop indie style and range come through in his new album Dynamite Bouquet.
This is something worth a listen if you’re in a reflective mood and need a pick me up, as the collection truly is like a musical bouquet.
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The Santa Fe-based songwriter is a one-man-band with big sound ideals. He’s run the range, from music training at the University of Memphis to learning the ropes as an intern for Big Star drummer Jody Stephens. All his experience has had a collective impact on Grogan as his latest collection of songs reflect his world and we are fortunate to get a glimpse of it.
The album is a collection of music ranging from jazzy and mellow to upbeat and fast-paced, in a range of styles from pop to folk to cool driving rock.
Clear standouts on the record are opener “My Own Way Out,” the pacey “Now I’m Me From You,” “Metafixation,” and “Waterfalls.” And one thing is clear: Guy makes his music appealing on several levels, his lyrics, the tunes and the beats appeal to a wide variety of music fans. His latest album is definitely more power than pop.
Guy’s like a DIY kind of person, as on Dynamite Bouquet he tracked all the parts himself, a pretty rare phenomenon these days. He plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, percussion and, of course, he’s the vocalist. He recruited Santa Fe musician and producer, Jono Manson at Kitchen Sink Studios, to handle the mixing and mastering duties.
Those who have seen him perform says he’s fun to watch and he certainly knows his way around the different instruments. One thing for sure, the album Dynamite Bouquet is appropriately named in that the music is diverse, ranging from mellow to explosive.
Guy has self-released and produced nine albums to date. In 2015, Guy received songwriting awards from Indie International, American Songwriting Awards, and the UK Songwriting Contest.
Guy certainly has no shortage of ideas and sounds for songs. Among some of his outstanding previous albums are Vessels and Bloom Expires the Grind, which sound a bit like unplugged Foo Fighters records mixed with Link Wray.
“Knowing what you sound like is kind of like looking into the mirror…you see yourself, but don’t have a real sense of what you look like to the rest of the world,” Guy has said.
But the way we see it, it looks to us like Dynamite Bouquet is only one of many more gifts Guy’s got to give.