I got pretty excited quickly reading the description to the music on This World Is Mind by Gregg Garvey on his Bandcamp page. Baroque pop, psychedelic, and folk. The only other band that I thought could fit that description is Grizzly Bear. I wasn't that surprised that when I started to listen to the album I heard a number of similarities.
Garvey doesn’t cite Grizzly Bear as an influence but he does mention David Sylvian and ‘60s-era Scott Walker which does make sense. His music feels less contemporary indie rock and more founded in rock/pop from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Anyway you cut it This World Is Mind is a brilliant album full of originality and superb songwriting. Garvey does justice to music by seamlessly combining Baroque pop, psychedelic,and folk in a sound all his own.
The album starts with a short intro entitled “[embittered heart].” It sounds like a proper beginning to an epic album. “One Worth Ending” is an extremely catchy song with acoustic guitar and dreamy atmosphere but Garvey’s vocals carry the song. Like Scott Walker he has a unique singing style, which almost sounds as if he is talking at times.
“Another Home” has a triumphant vibe to it that is hard to pinpoint. The song is full of unique chord transitions and instrumental parts that easily fall under the category of baroque pop. The songwriting continued to impressive me. “Stay Out Late” is arguably the catchiest song on the album and has a Bowie-esque feel to it while “Heart Points To It” is a rocker that features some killer lead guitar and organ.
“On Time On Target” is a deviation from all the came before. It’s a slow moving, atmosphere song that covers you in cocoon of melancholy and nostalgia. He picks up the mood with “Some Bright Morning.”
I thought “Evermore” may be the highlight. The orchestral strings were strong, his lyrics were vivid and the song is powerful. He ends the album with the optimistic and hopeful sounding “Maybe We'll Be Friends.”
This World Is Mind is an album you should be listening to. Not too many artists out there can pull off baroque pop in this day and age.
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