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Boomkat Product Review:
Part home recording, part studio-based enterprise, this latest LP from Californian songsmith Cass McCombs (his first since leaving 4AD) establishes a sense of intimacy without resorting to lo-fi production clichés.
Instead, Dropping The Writ feels roomy and vibrant in an '80s-flavoured sort of way. 'Pregnant Pause' is as good a pop song as McCombs has ever put together, sounding somewhere between Elliott Smith and Sam Prekop. Another winner, 'Morning Shadows' has a clear Morrissey influence running through it, particularly with regards to McCombs voice, but that '80s-style production crops up again to make the comparison even clearer. 'Full Moon Or Infinity' proves to be one of the highlights, yet it's one of the more straight forward songs in terms of arrangement: a simple interweaving of sprightly, fingerpicked acoustic guitar and ethereal vocals makes for a powerful combination, and though by no means a quantum leap from familiar songwriting formats, it works a treat nonetheless.