For former Supergrass man Gaz Coombes, going solo it seems, has freed him up somewhat and allowed for an exploration of more imaginative ideas. Yet, that knack for crafting ear catching melodies remains a cornerstone of everything he does.
While some latter Supergrass sounded tired and laboured at times, with Coombes now going it alone, the creative juices are certainly flowing and he sounds reinvigorated. His debut solo album from last year, Here Come The Bombs suggested as much, and his latest single ‘Buffalo’ does much to add to such an assumption. In fact, it sounds as though he’s flexing his muscles a lot more, as bleepy and spaced out electronics explode around his powerful impassioned vocals and solemn piano bursts, with a series of changing verse and chorus rhythms soar to epic heights. Coombes has found a balance between incisive songwriting, his ear for a melody and will to sail to new territory.
Currently tucked away in a studio, working on his second solo album, ‘Buffalo’ is a timely and emphatic reminder of just what a supreme talent Gaz Coombes is.
‘White Noise’ is the third single taken from former Supergrass man Gaz Coombes’ debut solo album, Here Come the Bombs.
‘White Noise’ is as it happens, one of the finest moment from what is a debut solo record that’s certainly more than alright. Coombes is in wistful and reflective form. Opening with a finger-picked acoustic intro, before hitting it’s stride with beautifully subtle synths, acoustic strum and melody before launching into a soaring chorus. This is indie balladry of the very highest order, something we’ve become accustomed to no matter what guise Coombes is under.
‘White Noise’ is out on October 22nd.
Gaz Coombes is prepping the release of his debut solo album, Here Come The Bombs, his first material since Supergrass announced their split in 2010.
We already heard ‘Subdivider‘ but the latest cut from the Supergrass frontman, ‘Hot Fruit’, adds an injection hi-energy to this more familiar catchy indie-rock. It sounds as though, if there were any lingering doubts, we’re in for a treat on May 21st when Here Come The Bombs hits the shelves.
Coombes will be playing Camden Crawl Dublin (May 11 – 12) & you can give ‘Hot Fruit’ a spin below.
Gaz Coombes – Hot Fruit via TheSoundfull
Gaz Coombes is set to release his debut solo album, Here Come The Bombs, his first material since Supergrass announced their split in 2010.
The album was produced alongside Sam Williams, the man with whom he worked with while in Supergrass and is said to have been inspired by the soundtrack works of John Barry and John Carpenter. Heralding this announcement we have ‘Sub Divider’, a taste of things to come perhaps. Broken essentially two distinct parts, beginning slowly before kicking into a climactic guitar driven finale, it sounds different yet very familiar at the same time.
It’s great to see the return of Coombes distinctive drawl and that famous love of melody that marked some of Supergrass’s finer moments.
Coombes’ debut solo record, Here Come The Bombs, will be released on May 21st. You can stream his new track ‘Sub Divider’ below.
Gaz Coombes – Subdivider