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Review: Josh T. Pearson’s Last of the Country Gentlemen

April 4th, 2011

Josh T. Pearson
Last of the Country Gentlemen
(Mute)
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Need to know: Pearson is a Texas born and bred musician who formed the band Lift to Experience in the late ‘90s. That band went on to record an EP before they were discovered at South By Southwest by Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins; the latter signed them to his label, Bella Union. Lift to Experience released their only album, an epic double LP of country-tinged space rock titled The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads that has been described as “a ten-gallon prog-emo Biblical concept album about the Texan apocalypse.” After the band broke up in the early ’00s, Pearson went solo, performed the odd gig and recorded sparsely before relocating to Paris. He recorded his first album, Last of the Country Gentlemen, in Berlin and signed to Mute.

Via Twitter: If L2E’s Crossroads brought on the apocalypse, Pearson’s solo LP is a beautiful set of stark, whiskey-soaked ballads for the morning after.

Sample: “Woman When I Raise Hell”

RIYL: Lift to Experience, John Grant, Jeff Buckley, Dirty Three

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