Some music evokes more images than others. With this LP it’s easy to imagine a surreal landscape and illustrious figures passing by as you embark on Mariposa Gold‘s 35-minute road trip. It’s the mesmerizing debut album from Nashville based musician/producer Thomas Oliverio under the moniker of Tommy and The Ohs, a highly anticipated full-length following the lathe-cut 7″ Living in the Swamp (2013). We could call it cosmic country, freak folk, alternative psych or indie rock, which is not really incorrect but possibly raises the wrong expectations. The nine songs here are not raucous, hallucinatory or thoughtless, but well-constructed melodies through a rich set of instruments. Oliverio is responsible for vocals, guitar, mandolin and theremin himself, but has gathered skilled musicians around him who will stimulate your imagination with their additional vocals (Alicia Gail), saxophone (Paul Thacker), bass (Tom Dicks), drums (Brey McCoy, Kate Haldrup, Houston Matthews), guitar (Logan Oakley), wah-wah (Chris Black), keys (Cody Campbell), lapsteel (Matthew Paige), and violin (Billy Contreras). They take you on a trip that you have to do more than once to grasp it all, but it’s worth it.
Mariposa Gold is out now digitally, on cassette and vinyl LP through Perpetual Doom.
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