Upon first hearing KAL MARKS, it’s easy to think he’s some train-hopping troubadour from a far-away, land-locked region of the country. But the layered-and-looped strains of rickety plugged-in folk and blues on his original bedroom recordings were actually the creation of a twentysomething Allston dude who frequently plays local DIY spaces. On this latest release, Goodbye Horses, Kal Marks’ first proper full-length album that got the release-party treatment last weekend at the Hen House in Allston, singer/guitarist Carl Shane has a full band behind him and cleaner recordings, mastered by Jeff Lipton (Lightning Bolt, Battles, etc.) . On “Hey Hannah You Forgot Your Gloves,” Shane’s twangy vocals and piercing, introspective songwriting are amped up with melodic riffs, bass, and drums. For nearly five minutes, it meanders and builds into one of the best songs to ever surface from this basement-show-bred band. Download the mp3 now.
DOWNLOAD: Kal Marks "Hey Hannah You Forgot Your Gloves" [mp3]