For The Season

by Gris Gris

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Surrounded in an even thicker haze of psychedelic smoke than the Gris Gris' self-titled debut, For the Season is an unabashedly ambitious, occasionally difficult album that traces a journey to the deepest, darkest recesses of Greg Ashley's mind. Right off the bat, For the Season aims high, beginning with a six-song suite that not only encompasses the Gris Gris' chiaroscuro interplay of cavernous, ominous rock and light, dreamy folk (witness the contrast between "Cuerpos Haran Amor Extrano" and "Down with Jesus") but also throws in heady free jazz elements on "Ecks Em Eye" for good measure. It's hard to deny the anthemic power of "Year Zero" or the quirky sweetness of "Medication #4," which mixes an innocent, '50s rock-style waltz with acid rock organs. The last handful of songs on For the Season help make up for any earlier impenetrability: "Pick Up Your Raygun" mines the dark psych-rock of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black" and sounds both fresh and classic, while "Mademoiselle of the Morning" is a charming, unpretentious love song complete with rattling background noises that add to its off-the-cuff feel. "For the Season" itself closes the album with an epic flourish, moving from a lighthearted mood to a dark, Eastern-inspired climax and then returning to its gentler beginnings.

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released January 1, 2005

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greg ashley Oakland, California

In addition to being a songwriter, Greg Ashley is also a highly regarded music producer in analog recordings. Find the link to his recording studio below!

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