When I heard that Lindsey Baker and her Guts Club project was going electric, I admittedly was a slight bit skeptical, having adored Shit Bug. But, through the first couple of singles from the forthcoming Trench Foot I’ve been fairly convinced, but never more than with this single below. It stretches over 6 minutes, with atmospheric touches working behind a solemn electric guitar line; then of course you’ve got Baker’s guttural drawl working alongside that lonesome stretch of musical highway. A slight uptick jumps in with some percussion at the 5 minute mark…and all of its worthy of your time. Look
Guts Club has long been on my personal radar, and while we expect a slightly different outing with the new release, we’re still happy to find some sonic lineage. For starters, Trench Foot is said to be entirely electric, but its presentation in this tune seems to be right in the soulful wheelhouse of Lindsey Baker; her vocal performance alone would be something to hang one’s hat upon. I also like how she brings in a gang of friends/voices to close the song out in a sort of campfire spiritual manner. The new album will be out on July 6th, just in time for your own campfire singalong.
Lindsey Baker and her Guts Club project came into my world in 2015 with the Arm Wrestling Tournament, followed quickly by the highly-rated Shit Bug. She’s been fairly quiet since, but returns today with this brilliant ballad from the RIP Records Introduces Series (it’s also slated to drop on a forthcoming LP later this Summer). This new track still brings the intimacy that you’ll find in the earlier releases; it always feels like your sitting right next to Baker as she pours her thoughts out. I also love the use of space in this song; the chords often seem like they’re just out wandering the world, taking you for a ride along with them. If you’re headed to Austin next week for SXSW, Guts Club will be there, so a chance could be yours to check out some new tunes.
Didn’t Guts Club just release a record, you ask? Well, it was almost exactly a year ago, and Lindsey Baker is back at it with a brand new record, Shit Bug. She’ll likely be compared to a lot of other folk songstresses, but I appreciate the fact that she seems a bit more out of the ordinary, a bit rougher around the edges of things. I really think that this new effort will show us more of her unique songwriting, as well as growth; it’s going to be released by Moderate Fidelity Records on July 1st before she goes off to write another, I reckon. Lindsey will also be about town in Austin for SXSW, so if you’re here, keep an eye out.