"One Thing" comes over like an abridged history of West Coast psychedelic chamber-pop. It's slow driven with a fundamentally sinister harpsichord riff that burrows its way into your head and some very nice slide guitar that rolls around inside your brain like a ball-bearing made of LSD. Vocals are pure 'Smile' era Brian Wilson with nods to The Millenium, Sagittarius, The Moon and other 60's Californian luminaries who made it their mission to ingest acid, gaze out at the ocean and then repair to the studio to divest themselves of the wonder they had just experienced (and you know that's no bad thing). The whole caboose is the kind of brain cinema that has you punching repeat on your sound machine. It may have induced some hypnophobia in me but I can't be sure. Short and sweet flipside 'Claudine' may be even better with its waltzy, slow-mo piano driven 70's pedigree melody soothing you out in the most delightful way. It certainly provided balm to my ear with its rather pretty aching minor-key instrumental purring. Like a cat. On your lap. While you sit in a wicker chair and gaze out of the window. I dug it and so will you. Investigate.
released September 23, 2016
All songs written by Robbie Augspurger except "The Death of a Candle" written by Robbie Augspurger and Eric Adrian Lee. Recorded, produced and arranged by Robbie Augspurger and Eric Adrian Lee. Strings on "One Thing" and "Claudine" by Laura Kucera. Harpsichord on "One Thing" by McKenzie Stubbert. Drums on "Wait a Minute" by Evan Way. Beethoven's portrait photography by Robbie Augspurger. Design & layout by Eric Adrian Lee. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.
As a teen, Robbie Augspurger spent hours analyzing stereo mixes of Beatles albums on his dad's audiophile hi-fi system.
Since then, Robbie has recorded a wealth of releases under a variety of monikers and side-projects. His latest project, Ozarks, offers up some of his most complex and well-crafted songwriting to date, emerging with a very unique modern baroque-pop sound....more