Dec 06 2006

Greg Laswell – Through Toledo

Published by at 10:16 pm under MP3's

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Are you one of those listeners who turns to Coldplay for guaranteed pleasure to the ears, but feel that you need to be stimulated with a new array of music? Since Coldplay won’t be releasing a new album, well… today, I have another artist to recommend that might be able to get the job done– Greg Laswell. While I do like Coldplay, their music tends to stick more to the books, with a non-offensive, very effective formula for producing alternative rock. Laswell uses a similar formula for a few of the songs on his 2006 release, Through Toledo, but there is also an experimental element present in a handful of his songs which add depth. This risk-taking strays away from the neutrality characterizing many artists, making it harder to please everyone, but at the same time, gaining a loyal following.

Greg Laswell is from Long Beach, CA, and moved to San Diego, where he became involved with the music scene while attending college. He produced different artists while there, and before recently going solo, he was in the band, Shillglen. He also founded All the Rest Records, which went out of business in 2004, after which he started 20 Inch Records. Through Toledo is an album that revolves around love, and the pain that Laswell felt after learning that his wife was leaving him. The album, however, does not come across as just another one of those self-pitying, “the world has been so cruel to me” albums. It was carefully constructed, and as a unique feature, Laswell plays almost every instrument you hear on the album, even though it at time sounds like a band. For any Coldplay, Sondre Lerche, or Jeff Buckley fan, this album comes highly recommended.

Through Toledo:

Greg Laswell – High and Low

Greg Laswell – Do What I Can

Bonus:

Greg Laswell – What A Day (single)

Site | Myspace

check out NPR for 4 minute interview, and his myspace for some more songs and video posts.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Greg Laswell – Through Toledo”

  1. Chuck Sullivanon 12 Dec 2006 at 1:13 am

    All of these songs are so similar that it is hard to distinquish them from one another. It reminds me of the BeeGees in that way. If I had to listen to an entire album of this downbeat unrelenting rythym, it would be a toss up as to which one of us would shoot himself first.

  2. Johnon 22 Jan 2007 at 7:05 pm

    I really enjoyed this listening experience. The melodies of each song on this record are intoxicating and Laswell’s voice floats above them perfectly. This is a record to be remembered.

  3. Jonon 25 May 2007 at 5:12 am

    Thanks alot for these tracks!=D Love the guy!

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