R_Garcia :: Resurgens (Nophi)

Influences from netlabels and the IDM Nophi releases are everywhere on Resurgens—from the Amen breaks to the intricate synthesizer detail, but nearly every song is structured like a traditional pop tune, with verses, choruses, and breakdowns.

R_Garcia 'Resurgens'

Resurgens - R_Garcia I have always been baffled by (not to mention extremely appreciative of) netlabels. I mean, I know that everyone expects music to be free on the Internet, but free albums with consent of the artist is still something of an anomaly. Not that it’s taken for granted—of course, fans will value free music of this nature more highly, and paradoxically, be more willing to pay for it.

R_Garcia confuses me. His work has always struck me as vastly underappreciated, as he is a talented producer, composer, guitarist, singer, yet still gives some of his albums away for free on netlabels. Plus, he’s been at this (as a musician and head of Nophi recordings) for over 10 years now, and his popularity hasn’t reached beyond a paltry following.

And his music is so good! I don’t understand. Resurgens, his latest, follows the same formula 2009’s Everything Ever used, namely infectious, melodically unrestrained pop. Experimental power pop, to be more exact. Influences from netlabels and the IDM Nophi releases are everywhere on Resurgens—from the Amen breaks to the intricate synthesizer detail, but nearly every song is structured like a traditional pop tune, with verses, choruses, and breakdowns. And did I mention he’s an incredible songwriter? Listen to the chord progression on “Red Line To Shady Grove” if you don’t believe me. Or the harmonies on the intoxicating, “Seawater.” Or any song, really. Randy Garcia is a master craftsman, involved with and exceeding at every level of his work, and brings a winsome attitude to his music that makes it irresistible.

So give Resurgens a listen, please, because Randy Garcia deserves it. He’s not giving it away for free this time, but at $5 (digital) with free streaming or a $10 CD, who can complain?

Resurgens is available on Nophi. Buy at Nophi or iTunes.

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