The personality of an artist may manifest itself in many different ways. Rebecca Gates’ does so by approaching pop music in an heterodox and refreshing way. After all, no one ever said that pop songs had to be always written mirroring those by Ray Davies or Paul McCartney. The Portland-based songwriter breaks an eleven year hiatus and delivers an exciting new record, The Float (La Castanya / Parcematone / 12XU, 2012), recorded with the help of several household names in the American independent scene.

It’s difficult not to fall into blatant namedropping when talking about the new Rebecca Gates record, as the list of musicians that play in it is bound to take one’s breath away: Doug McCombs (Tortoise), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake), Nate Query (The Decemberists), Joanna Bolme (Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Quasi), Thierry Amar (Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Silver Mt Zion), Rebecca Cole (Wild Flag), Gary Jarman (The Cribs), Joe Adamik (Califone), Tim Rutili (Califone, Ugly Casanova) and many more. In spite of this variety, The Float stands as a perfect block (after all, the best salads require a wide variety of ingredients) and the former Spinanes singer conducts the procedures at all times, preserving the stylistic and creative unity all through the record. Her voice sounds mature and does not convey as much frailty as in her previous records. There’s a hint of the great black music vocal melodies (Rhythm & Blues section) –maybe due to the fact that Rebecca is no stranger to the Memphis music scene– while a surprisingly sexy and seductive aura (falsettos!) pervades some passages in the record. Just as other great bands such as The Sea and Cake do, Gates is able to merge the non-derivative heterodoxy of the post-rock arrangements with the brightness of catchy pop music. It’s an ambitious (from both the writing and performance standpoints) and instrumentally colorful record, packed with melody, and it revolves around Rebecca Gates’ warm and attractive voice.


released July 26, 2012



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