Boomkat Product Review:
On 'Moody Pike' Pale Horse & Rider architect Jon DeRosa invites long time collaborator Marc Gartman (Low, Rivulets) in as a partner. Add to the equation Ohio's own Gerald Menke (ex-Mercury Rev) on pedal steel guitar, free-jazz wunderkind Mike Pride (Anthony Braxton, Dynamite Club) on drums, and Paul Oldham (Palace/Bonnie Prince Billy/Anomoanon) behind the mixing board. The result is a masterful country sound with the insightfulness of folk and the drive of bar room rock n' roll. DeRosa and Gartman share both the microphone and the lyric book, & their lyrical territory is vast, as both songwriters have different styles and strengths. DeRosa is clearly more urban, focusing on the recklessness of youth in Brooklyn, self-destruction and the casual use of drugs, in a voice that neither glorifies nor pities. Gartman's songs tend to be more pastoral, introspective, and masterfully detailed, relating stories so vividly that each song reads like a bedtime story. Lovely.