Octave Records Nightmares by Gasoline and Lollipops combine an open, acoustically-based sound with ferocious electric playing on this DSD and SACD premium gold disc set –
Boulder, Colorado, July 22, 2022 – Octave Records has released Nightmares by country-Americana-rock band Gasoline Lollipops, a record that weaves roots music influences, intimate confessional songwriting, and the raw power of rock and roll into a deeply moving album. (See Octave record’s previous release here: “Mini Brazillian Beasts”.)
Frontman and singer/guitarist Clay Rose was raised by an outlaw truck-driving father and a country songwriting mom in rural Nashville, Tennessee, and he’s complemented by a simpatico band – Gasoline Lollipops (“we’re sweet, yet explosive,” notes Rose) are two-time winners of a Best Colorado Band award and have toured throughout the US and internationally.
Nightmares feature three new songs and seven GasPops favorites, rearranged to showcase the acoustic-based, intimate yet spacious listening experience offered by the extraordinary sound quality of Octave’s Pure DSD high-resolution recording process.
Clay Rose is joined by Don Ambory (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin), Scott Coulter (keyboards, harmonica), “Bad” Brad Morse (bass), and Kevin Matthews (drums, percussion) in Gasoline Lollipops, with guest backup singers Carly Ricks Smith, Giselle Collazo, and Kate Farmer. Nightmares were recorded and mixed at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, Colorado by Jay Elliott, with Giselle Collazo assisting, and mastered by Gus Skinas.
Nightmares were created using Octave Records’ Pure DSD process and the Sonoma multi-track DSD recording system. It features Octave’s premium gold disc formulation, and the disc is playable on any SACD, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. Nightmares also have a high-resolution DSD layer that is accessible by using any SACD player, a PS Audio SACD transport, or by copying the DSD tracks on the included DVD data discs.
In addition, the master DSD and PCM files are available for purchase and download (including DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz/24-bit, 96kHz/24-bit, and 44.1kHz/16-bit PCM), along with 24-karat gold CDs at standard resolution. (SRP: $19 – $29, depending on the format.) These CDs have been cut directly off the DSD master using BitPerfect’s state-of-the-art Zephiir filter.
The title track was inspired by the events of the summer of 2020. “The song was just the most honest thing I could say at the time,” notes Rose. “I was trying to find a way to say something of a comfort to my family. It doesn’t provide any solution other than, let’s just hold onto each other.”
The songs range from the rollicking train beat of “Smoke and Steam” to the meditative, piano-based “Hard Days.” “Jesus Ain’t Dead” sounds like a timeless country classic, combining profound observations with wry humor.
Nightmares are filled with vintage sounds, like the piano and mandolin soloing of Don Ambory and Scott Coulter on “Midnight Dance,” blazing Telecaster electric guitar work, classic Hammond organ sounds, and even a guitar through a Leslie rotating speaker cabinet. At times, Rose chose different microphones for separate sections of a single song, to best capture the tone and mood of what he wanted to say.
Clay Rose’s deep, expressive voice conveys the songs with time-worm emotion. As he notes, “My dad was a truck driver and an avid music lover. From the time I was four years old, I’d ride coast to coast with him. He taught me how to listen to music, with your whole self, your heart, your body, mind, and spirit.”
If you would like Nightmares for review, please contact Frank Doris at email@example.com or 631-645-5668.
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