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Heavy Gus (from the album Notions available on Renew Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Heavy Gus is a pandemic band. Making lemonade from Covid-19 lemons, Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers) and his partner Dorota Szuta teamed up with Ryan Dobrowski (Blind Pilot) to drop Notions, an Indie Rock darling of a record that moves from slow electro Folk to bouncy Garage Punk. There’s a loungey and ambient air to album opener “Dinner for Breakfast” where Szuta sings through movements of the day, her vocal delivery aching loneliness.
Power chords and a solid, simple drum beat drive the punky “Weird Sad Symbol”, “Breathe” is a trippy and dreamy, and “Try” is a builder. Starting with monotone, spoken vocals sung over quiet instrumentation, the cut builds to greater volume, the vocals solid and convincing as Szuta sings ‘we wanted it that way’. “Scattered” closes the record with a Folk vibe, Szuta’s delivery soft and innocent over quiet picked guitar and classical strings.
For the bulk of the record Heavy Gus delivers things quiet, while exhibiting moments of power. Songs drift and build from slow to steady, quiet to not-so. It’s a fabric of tunes weaved together exact and tight. Notions does not sound as if they are a thrown together, let’s take time away from our main gig pandemic band, which speaks to their ability as songwriters and arrangers. It’s a record that sounds like Heavy Gus have been mainstays in the Indie Rock world for decades. (by Bryant Liggett)
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