Local Record Review: C is For Carlo

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Local Record Review: C is For Carlo

Drift Theory
 
Carlo Rodriguez's debut effort following his departure from Ole has been out for a few months now but, as the end of the year approaches, it's time for a little love for the Santa Ana performer--one of the many area musicians showing that our own OC has become a new ground zero for shoegaze-y rock & roll.
Recorded with the help of various musical associates, the six-song release doesn't always capture the sound of the band lineup that's been playing out a bit, as well as recording a follow-up effort. That said, songs like the majestic opener "Percent," the driving, drum-heavy "Satellite" and the amiable "Hide N Seek" demonstrate the engaging qualities Rodriguez possesses in his gentle singing and sense of sonic texture, and the vivid live feeling throughout the recording adds a sense of intimacy. Whatever's next should be pretty sharp stuff.

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