Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Sweet Johnny

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The lead single from the Gorky 5 album, "Sweet Johnny" is, like much of that album itself, enjoyable without being perfectly distinct, though it's pleasant enough listening from a band that always knows its way to an amiable listen. As for its B-sides, "Un Hogyn Trist, Un Hogan Trist," literally about "a sad boy" and "a sad girl," finds the band indulging its steel guitar/country jones in understated fashion. Things get a little quicker and more intense towards the end, vocals overdubbed in spectral ways, before breaking down to a slightly unfocused conclusion with light, random feedback. The instrumental "Mifi Mihafen," meanwhile, starts off as a quiet piano piece before suddenly turning into a quick, almost music hall full-band piece and then a slightly bluesy romp, shifting between modes as the group's fancy takes it.