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“His Potential is limitless...Flawless musicianship and melody.” ~Powerpopaholic
“The guy is a seriously good songwriter.” ~Dagger Zine
“GORGEOUS...absolutely GORGEOUS.” ~KDGE 102.1 FM
“Lies in the DMZ between baroque balladry and adrenal power pop. Luscious arrangements and soulful vocals make this pure ear candy.” ~The Lightning Round
Listening to Scott Gagner's lush debut, Rhapsody in Blonde, you'd never know it was recorded live in one blistering twelve-hour session. The album is chock-full of intricate arrangements, soaring hooks, and soul-baring lyrics, all captured with an infectious immediacy. Playing alongside two close friends and San Francisco legend Prairie Prince (Brian Eno, XTC, Todd Rundgren), Gagner's fourteen-song journey unites intimacy and power.
Originally from Minneapolis, Gagner began his musical career as a drummer soaking up local favorites Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, and The Jayhawks. He moved to San Francisco, traded his drum sticks for an acoustic guitar, and began writing. From the start, his songs were rhythmically sophisticated and melodically mature, with hooks both surprising and inevitable. An obsession with home recording quickly developed, and he soon found himself spending every night hunched over a cheap four-track cassette recorder. Several years and several hundred songs later, Gagner was ready to polish the best tracks for his debut.
What started as a loose concept album evolved into a more autobiographical statement after two life-changing events: emergency surgery and marriage within the same year. Rhapsody in Blonde emerged with a focused clarity forged from the extremes of physical pain and redemptive love. This story of adversity and triumph culminates with surprise coda, "Sweet Child O' Mine" reinterpreted as a tender lullaby to his unborn daughter.
The album was recorded by JJ Wiesler (Girls, Vic Chesnutt) and mixed at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio. With this accomplished debut, Gagner presents himself as a formidable songwriter with a singular voice.
Gagner is currently writing and recording his follow-up and playing around San Francisco. He has also just released an LP as part of psych-synth-power-pop home recording duo Electrolic. For more information, please visit their official site.
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