I’ll take you through this experience with me step by step kids. As I received the package from my senior editor Salvatore and went back to my laptop to unwrap and listen to this as of yet unheard of, at least by me, musical artist.  D Ferren, For Glare and Gun the CD reads… Okay, my first impression on a surface level is that it looks enviably professional. Being in a band my self, I know the top dollar poor musicians have to pay for vacuum sealed packaging like this. Great album artwork. It depicts two marionettes of hispanic decent, male and female, the male holding a pistelero in his little wooden hand. I also noticed after opening the CD up there is a very unique way of showing off the lyrics with a very cool paper insert composition notebook parody.

for_glare_gunNext, I see this cat is from Fort Wayne, Indiana (my sort of hometown.. long story) and the CD was mastered in Chicago, with ten golden hits on it (presumably), open up my disk drive and feed the CD into my computer… click, whirr… spin… and here we go D Ferren, you have my attention…

I must mention one off note here though, I hate when CDs come up in ITunes and they are not titled. Better luck next time kids, so close to perfection, now for the tunes.

First song “Merilee” is a full acoustic rift that brings in some keys, complimented by a slow dragging drum beat and some nice country-esque vocals, not bad, a bit like Wilco maybe? Then some horns come in, which are a nice surprise reminiscent of Van Morrison. All in all, I like it. it reminds me of Beck’s slow stuff, if Beck sang more clearly. Lyrics are so/so… but that’s no big deal… The next song “Two Dollar Bill” continues with the blue grassy, country feel, a nice rolling drum march, some viola, nice flair. So far I can see where this is headed.

You see, with Apewind, we randomly pick who will review each album. We have a limited amount of writers and as opposed to bigger more established critics blogs and magazines, we don’t have a writer set for each genre, so sending your music to us you are at the mercy of whomever decides to listen. In the case of me, I am an indie rock nut. I love me psychedelic dirty garage jams with weird lyrics and spacey solos. In the vein of Tame Impala or Built to Spill.  So as the CD continues on, I found myself losing interest a little bit. One notable acceptation being the dirty rock styles of song 5, “Miles of Consolation,” which reminded me of a Frank Black and the Catholics tunes getting laid by Camper van Beethoven. Not bad, but also not waking me up and getting me ready for the day quite, either. I would say there are some beautiful things on this album, and if you are a big fan of Allison Kraus, or any other sultry southerny type banjo and acoustic songs. This may be for you.

The female singer on some of the later tracks sounds very nice, along with that steel pedal guitar I hear weeping along with her. All in all, I am indifferent about this album. I am ok with its existence, but I feel it may be respected a bit more by a different critic. The production value and the musicianship of the artists on it outweigh the intrigue of the songs a little bit for me. But I am a slave to the eclectic, what can I say? Not everyone can be Ween, though they made a pretty kick-ass country albums as well. Thanks guys! Keep on rocking.

D Ferren’s music and information can be found on reverbnation at: http://www.reverbnation.com/dferren.

 -Oddfellow