A Country Western - Self titled EP

by Mo Turner

A Country Western - Self titled EP

Following the departure of their bassist Jack Morgan, Computer Dating’s longtime collaborators Derek Hengemihle and Garrett Miades started working on some new ideas, which would eventually evolve into A Country Western and its self titled debut EP. It brings up deep memories of Philly DIY akin to Alex G’s “DSU” and “Beach Music,” far away tones resembling Elvis Depressedly’s “Holo Pleasures,” slower elements and melodic chord structure seemingly inspired by Duster, and a dissonance all of its own. The first track “Mussel” brings you into their world with a screaming riff you could totally speed down 76 to, and the final track “Good” leads you out with a “country western” style guitar (possibly where they got the name?), leaving the listener with a hollow but hopeful feeling of wanting more.

There aren’t many distinct lyrics throughout, rather they become an instrument of their own, and the lines that you do catch have the most meaning (“I made a deal/To fade away”). In lieu of complex poetry to overshadow the music, they’ve used other ways of conveying the emotion of each song: slowed down voices, audio files of people talking, samples of other sounds (if you missed the dial up noise from old computers, check out the first half of “Good”), and layered distortion. The transitions between each song are so clean, you often barely realise one song is over and a new song’s begun. Overall, this EP is incredibly well produced, knows its audience, sounds fantastic on tape, and is a great example of unique songwriting. TLDR “A Country Western” kicks ass, go listen to it.

Fave track: a tie between Fade Away and In the Waiting Room

A Country Western - Self titled EP

by Mo Turner

A Country Western - Self titled EP

Following the departure of their bassist Jack Morgan, Computer Dating’s longtime collaborators Derek Hengemihle and Garrett Miades started working on some new ideas, which would eventually evolve into A Country Western and its self titled debut EP. It brings up deep memories of Philly DIY akin to Alex G’s “DSU” and “Beach Music,” far away tones resembling Elvis Depressedly’s “Holo Pleasures,” slower elements and melodic chord structure seemingly inspired by Duster, and a dissonance all of its own. The first track “Mussel” brings you into their world with a screaming riff you could totally speed down 76 to, and the final track “Good” leads you out with a “country western” style guitar (possibly where they got the name?), leaving the listener with a hollow but hopeful feeling of wanting more.

There aren’t many distinct lyrics throughout, rather they become an instrument of their own, and the lines that you do catch have the most meaning (“I made a deal/To fade away”). In lieu of complex poetry to overshadow the music, they’ve used other ways of conveying the emotion of each song: slowed down voices, audio files of people talking, samples of other sounds (if you missed the dial up noise from old computers, check out the first half of “Good”), and layered distortion. The transitions between each song are so clean, you often barely realise one song is over and a new song’s begun. Overall, this EP is incredibly well produced, knows its audience, sounds fantastic on tape, and is a great example of unique songwriting. TLDR “A Country Western” kicks ass, go listen to it.

Fave track: a tie between Fade Away and In the Waiting Room