Boomkat Product Review:
I think it's fair to say that Drag City are on a roll, after conquering the known universe with Joanna Newsom's career defining 'Ys' they have shown no signs of letting up with world beating works from White Magic, Alastair Roberts and Ghost. It is, however, this latest from new signing P.G. Six which has really got all of us at Boomkat HQ salivating. You may remember how excited we got last year when P.G. Six (real name Pat Gubler) released the 'Music From The Sherman Box Series And Other Works' album; this beautiful collection of work showed us just how varied Gubler could be as he expertly worked with harp and other string instruments to create gorgeous off-world textural pieces which were a far cry from his earlier more vocally led songs. However little would prepare us for 'Slightly Sorry', Gubler's Drag City debut - and a collection of quite unashamedly gorgeous 'proper' songs. There's no delicate harp-work here, and it's not missed, instead Gubler has come up with that evasive classic formula of great songs, great playing and great production. 'Slightly Sorry' is an album without tricks, and is in essence a perfect representation of not only P.G. Six but also everything that makes Drag City such a good label. Take 'The Dance', the second track on the record and the first moment (of many) guaranteed to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing up - there's nothing necessarily modern about the song itself, it could have come out any time since 1969 and nobody would have batted an eyelid, but it's great music, pure and simple. The tendency will no doubt be to lump Gubler in with the whole 'free folk/freak folk' scene, as he does indeed have a leaning towards the folkier side of rock music (especially on his pre-Drag City albums), but there's nothing freaky about 'Slightly Sorry' and I don't mean that in a derisive way; Gubler has managed to strike folk-rock gold in the same vein as Will Oldham or to look earlier in American history Fred Neils or Tim Hardin. This is a record you musn't ignore, and I expect we will be seeing Gubler's name mentioned by critics across the world in a very short space of time. P.G Six might not yet have the profile of Joanna Newsom, but fans of Drag City need to sit up and take notice straight away, or they'll be missing one of the unexpected treats of 2007.