There isn’t much sunshine in titles of Mt. Egypt’s plaintive ballads, and there isn’t much sunshine in New York City today, so the pairing is one that fits quite nicely. According to his bio, Travis Graves is “homeless in California,” which begs one of those chicken-or-the-egg questions of whether heâ€™s homeless because he’s an artist or he’s an artist because he’s homeless. The longing in Graves’ vocals is in the great recent tradition of such wounded souls at Will Oldham, Mark Kozelek and Eef Barzelay, and his fragile guitar paints a wistful picture, especially on the lower-fi offerings here. But lest you spin off to something more cheerful to get your weekend going, Graves isn’t all melancholy. His is the sound of transition — that moment when despair gives way to renewal. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the changing of the leaves, because autumn is finally here, even if you’re homeless in California.
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this music is fine stuff. he's got a great name, this Graves fellow, but i'd like his music even if he was nameless, as well as homeless.
I bought this album a few months a go
It was definetely worth it, I listen to it from time to time,
"like that golden oldies record"
i bought the album a few months ago. it's alright – not too many standout tracks, but the ones that do stand out are fantastic. well worthy of mention
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