Inland Empire based music producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dean Baker has more bands than So x Gnar and I like them all equally so it's exciting when any of them drop anything. So Gnar's eponymous debut album is now out. After building a buzz with the minimalist "Feels Good" featuring just vocals, drums and guitar from Baker and Scotty, the boys got in the studio with a bassist and additional guitar (David Bootman & Joshwa Burgundy) to fill out the sound and lay down a record. "Feels Good" is an instant chill rap-rock classic- the product of a youth culture that can distill the Red Hot Chili Peppers into something twice as brief.
Gnarvana reminds me of Viva Mescal's Weird Turn Pro album where but for one exception the whole album is on one chill wavelength and pulls it off for a sustained amount of time to the point of outstanding impressiveness. This album does that as well.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at email@example.com