Sunday, February 19, 2017

I Am Atomic Man

Gil Ray
I Am Atomic Man
125 Records

Gil Ray, best known for his superb drumming for Game Theory, The Loud Family, and Rain Parade, made this album, his only solo album, in 2006. The music is solid, unpretentious, lo-fi indie rock. Ray has a lot of fun here with the guitars, but doesn't use drums, only drum machines that sound organic and are still played great.

Lyrically it’s the retro sci-fi of your dreams, the kind that appeared in the 50s and 60s with its visions of what the future might be like. The lyrics are fun, but serious fun, the kind where everyone is in on the joke, but the jokes never turn sour, so a good time is had by all. And that is, in the end, what the album is about: a good time, a futuristic time, one that rocks.

Gil lost his battle with cancer on January 24th of this year. This review is my tribute to him, a really nice guy and wonderful musician.

Andrea Weiss

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