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Swampboots

Space and Time / Pickup on 95th Street

Review by Gary Hill

The mix of sounds on this two song release is pretty intriguing. There is a lot of Americana here, along with alternative rock, punk, psychedelia and more. It’s cool stuff. I’d like to hear more from Swampboots, really.

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Track by Track Review
Space and Time
As this starts, it makes me think of Tom Petty just a bit. It works out to more of an alternative rock vibe. There is some psychedelia in this and almost some modern progressive rock. It’s a cool jam that is both modern and classic in sound. This gets run though some cool changes and there’s a great fuzz-laden heavier section late in the piece.
Pickup on 95th Street
Much more of a straightahead rocker, this makes me think of Bob Dylan meets the White Stripes. There is definitely a retro rock edge, but also a punk rock one.
 
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