Drew Gibson | 1532

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1532

by Drew Gibson

Songs about the resonance of a family's past in memory of loved ones no longer with us. A sonic landscape of dusty indie Rock and porch-swinging folk and blues.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Bettie-Jane
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2. When the Vinyl Scrapes
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3. Vincent Henry Valentine
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4. Lorelei
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5. The Solway Firth
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6. Hallow Flood of Wounds
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7. Bright as Gold
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8. Pioneer
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9. 1532
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10. Year After Year
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Drew Gibson's third full-length effort, 1532, is an album about the resonance of a family's past. It's about keeping the memory of the loved ones alive while moving triumphantly forward through life. Co-produced by Gibson and Marco Delmar, with additional production by Bobby Read, 1532 spans a historic landscape of nostalgia with a nuanced and emotional instrumentation backdrop.

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Larry Looney

An album of stunning, honest songwriting
‘Life is short. Love is not
Tell them you love them and it will keep giving.’

‘Many think there’s time but then it’s too late,
so I’ll tell you. I will tell you.’

With the first two lines above, Drew Gibson introduces the first song on his new album 1532, and at the same time sets the mood for the whole set. The second two lines above are from the first song, ‘Bettie-Jane’, and pretty much seem to voice his purpose in writing and recording these songs. The album is about his family, the lives they lived and the stories they told – and as one listens to these well-written, honest (above all) tunes, one gradually begins to get the idea that the lives lived and the stories told are, if not one and the same, inseparable. The two intertwine and mingle, over time becoming part and parcel of each other.

Accompanying himself beautifully on acoustic and electric guitars, aided and abetted by a small group of like-minded, talented friends, Gibson has produced an album of songs that are deeply and intensely personal, and at the same time dealing with these subjects in such a way as to make them universally understandable. He may have set out to honor their memory – or keep it alive – by telling these stories in song, but what he has done is create a work that has the capability of touching the listener on a level most writers can only hope to reach. The words and music are one in a way that even after only one or two listens, makes it difficult to separate them from each other, and that’s a skillful thing.

Instrumentally, Gibson’s guitars and voice take center stage. He’s a brilliant player and his voice is perfectly suited to his material – but there’s no overbearing ego at work here. It’s all about the songs and how to best frame them to suit their mood and meaning. Working with his producer Marco Delmar and a limited number of fine players, the arrangements are as close to perfect as anyone might imagine or hope. Nothing gets in the way of the songs themselves. One standout is the amazing playing by David Hadley on pedal steel and resonator guitar, which take my breath away each time I listen, but never dominate unduly.

As wonderful as the musicianship is on this recording, it’s the lyrics that justly form the meat of the songs. He speaks of several relatives, the lives they lived, the values they held, and the effect they had on his own life. There are hardships recounted – serving in World War II, immigrating from Scotland to Canada, then down into the States, lives full of hard work, joy, tragedy, warmth and accumulated wisdom, bountiful love and advice handed down from one generation to the next. These songs are the story of a family told across the years, remembered and cherished for the treasure they hold.

We are all the sum of many influences, and Gibson is no different – but he’s lucky enough and talented enough to be able to express these gifts in song, to the great benefit of his listeners, whose numbers will hopefully grow. This recording is a thing of life and beauty, told with simple truths and honesty – how rare is that? Pass it by at your peril. Get it, listen to it, let it fill your heart, and then tell everyone you know about it. Drew Gibson deserves to be more widely heard, and there are plenty out there who deserve to experience his work.
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