Boomkat Product Review:
**Features guest contributions by C. Spencer Yeh, Andrea Belfi, Stafano Pilia, Attila Faravelli** "David Grubbs is one of the most influential musicians of his generation, with a musical CV that includes such bands as Squirrel Bait, Bastro and Gastr del Sol. Moving forward eccentrically from the straight-ahead hardcore punk of Squirrel Bait, David increasingly infused his songcraft with an experimental strain, culminating in the discography of Gastr del Sol, who drew widespread interest with the ways in which they combined so-called 'songs' with experimental music. Participating in the reinvigorated Red Krayola during this time exposed David to the formative tutelage of Mayo Thompson as well. However, after the gradually more streamlined Gastr period concluded with 'Camoufleur', David's output became more segregated - the albums of pop songs were more focused, more pop, and the more experimental projects (including duo recordings with Mats Gustafsson, Nikos Veliotis, and Loren Connors, not to mention the entire catalogue of his Blue Chopsticks label) became more unrelenting. Flash forward to 2013: Drag City release the sixth and latest David Grubbs album of songs, 'The Plain Where The Palace Stood', which finds David once again twining together the diverse strands of his vast interests. As in the days of Gastr del Sol, songs float in idiosyncratic yet exceptionally unhurried arrangements. 'The Plain Where The Palace Stood' features vocals on just four of the eleven tracks, yet the album as whole flows and breathes effortlessly alongside the most critically acclaimed releases of his great catalogue, not to mention his contemporaries and kindred artists, such as Oren Ambarchi, Scott Walker, Talk Talk, and Sunn O)))."