David Grubbs The Plain Where The Palace Stood on LP
In 2013 Drag City dropped the sixth and latest David Grubbs pop album, The Plain Where the Palace Stood, which finds the revered artist once again twining together the diverse strands of his vast interests. Working with Andrea Belfi (drums, electronics) and Stefano Pilia (guitar) creates a sympathetic groupthink that Grubbs expects more and greater things from in the years to come. The welcome return of his distinctive overdriven guitar tone is a highlight of the record. And C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) plays some absolutely apeshit violin on two tracks. As in the days of Gastr Del Sol songs float in idiosyncratic, exceptionally unhurried arrangements. The Plain Where the Palace Stood features vocals on just four of the eleven tracks, yet the album as whole flows – breathes – effortlessly alongside the most acclaimed releases of his extended catalog, not to mention those of his contemporaries and kindred artists like Oren Ambarchi, Scott Walker, Talk Talk, and Sunn O))).