Gil Trythall

Country Moog (Switched on Nashville)

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Electronic country music -- oxymoron or match made in heaven? Put it this way: You simply haven't lived until you've heard the sound of a Moog synthesizer re-creating a bit of white-hot banjo picking, so add Gil Trythall's Country Moog (Switched on Nashville) to your list of holy grails. Sure, Moog recordings have been in vogue at least since the first few Stereolab releases appeared, but get past the obvious kitsch and irony factors, and it becomes clear that Trythall was onto something rather interesting here -- there's an impressive complexity and density to his arrangements, and even if these traditional country melodies aren't the most complementary showcase for his approach, you've got to admire his sheer tenacity. Besides, let's face the facts: If some highly regarded contemporary electronic act like were to unleash something as over-the-top and out-there as Trythall's percolating, Sonovox-enhanced cover of "Folsom Prison Blues," he'd be hailed as a true mad scientist genius. As the man said, there's a fine line between clever and stupid.

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