More Merge madness from their 7" series. Though the deeper we get into the series, the less interested in it I'm becoming.
Case in point is Hiss Golden Messenger. They're a band I'm not familiar with, but that's not the problem. Half of the reason I sign up for singles clubs is to hear about new bands. But I don't really need to hear more like this. It's another blast of generic NPR style rock. The singer has a nasal vocal delivery, aiming for a Bob Dylan sort of thing, but never really pulls it off. The song has a slight alt country tinge to it, but at the end of the day is just boring.
Matt Scuggs is significantly more interesting. It comes off a bit like Modern Guilt era Beck with its muted bass guitar and drums driving the verse. At the tail end of the song, Scuggs delivers that loud blast of guitar that you felt building up, but the song is far too short. It's very good and I do like it, but it could have been much longer and really needed a killer chorus to push it over the top.