Larry Gus - 'Years Not Living'
All pleasant enough, but makes you wish he’d just let his songs explode into a euphoric mess every once in a while
‘Larry Gus’ is a play on the Greek word for ‘larynx’, pronounced ‘lareegas’. But despite Panagiotis Melidis using this as his moniker, the man signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records is no singer. Instead he uses vocals to add texture to the multi-genre experiments on his second album, ‘Years Not Living’. An interest in late-’60s free jazz is obvious, and there are polyrhythmic beats (‘With All Your Eyes Look’) and proggy guitar (‘Pericles’) to behold. Poppy vocal melodies are then deployed to temper the energy. All pleasant enough, but makes you wish he’d just let his songs explode into a euphoric mess every once in a while.
Record label: DFA