I don't have very many favorite EP's. But I'll be damned if Vehicle Blues doesn't have two of them under his belt. The first is 2010's Changer, where pained, aching melodies seeped their way through a blown out car speaker of reverb-drenched, lo-fi prettiness. The second one is this little gem, from the eponymous titled track from the Letter Writer EP displayed on this here Videodrone. The good news is that Gabe Holcombe's songs have gotten a lot prettier. There is a lot of breathing room in these chugging power chords played with a high enough noise floor to keep them gritty and adjacent, but with enough clarity to craftily draw even the most noise-averse novitiate closer in. The good news is that Holcombe's songs have gotten even sadder. A beautiful, complex type of ennui caused by the inevitable disbelief at how utterly beautiful and pointless life is. These are four songs to live by. Enjoy the epitaph to a Super 8, stop-motion, lovely fall/indoor grow-op that probably happened (or are happening now) in your twenties.
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