California Central Coast natives are likely familiar with the musical stylings of polymath singer-songwriter Chris Lambert and his vetted body of work thus far. For those unfamiliar with Lambert’s work, it runs the gamut from country-folk to electronic-pop to Wilson/Van Dyke Parks rock and everything in between. That in mind, it’s no surprise that Lambert had any problem acclimating to his next project with band Warp & Woof on their new single “Paperback Gatsby”. Warp and Woof, comprised of Lambert and fellow Central Coast musicians Randall Sena and Sam Cole, finds a sound reminiscent of 90’s lo-fi alternative, with Lambert’s perennially exceptional vocals throughout.
Recalling urban diaspora with opening lines, “I don’t mind the microscopic size of existential life/it makes me feel better”, Paperback Gatsby is supremely executed by the fellows who hail from this reviewer’s neck of the woods. Notable cohesiveness is certainly one thing – tenacity is quite another. By jove, is this noise tenacious. The fuzz guitar throughout nuances the song exquisitely, a desperate lyrical plea over a desperately audacious sound.
Featuring choice drums by Ace Elias and excellent work by Sena and Cole, Warp and Woof’s first single from their upcoming album is no doubt indicative of release worth listening to. The album, debuting on July 26, will feature other Central Coast musicians from bands Millions, Some Might Say, and St. Anne’s Place. Music will be available for download at Warp and Woof’s Bandcamp page.
Paperback Gatsby by Warp & Woof