Cool Ghouls – When you were gone (Empty Cellar Records/Melodic Records)

There’s a gorgeous Byrdsian flow to this single from the San Francisco band’s third album, the wonderful Animal races.

The vocals and guitars unfurl in unhurried fashion, culminating in some glorious steel guitar work.

It chimes and rings like (probably) only a Californian band truly can and the arrangement is all the more affecting for the counterpoint against the lyrical discussion of death and mortality.

It is roots music brought into contact with something very groovy.

A piece of class is what it is.

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