10th Of Seas 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums I’m New Here - Ge­or­gia pro­ducer and for­mer Sugar bassist steps up to the mic with his third solo al­bum STEPHEN DEUSNER

A fix­ture on the Athens, Ge­or­gia, mu­sic scene since the 1980s, David Barbe is best known as a pro­ducer for the Drive-By Truck­ers, Deer­hunter and other lo­cal and na­tional acts. 10th Of Seas is only his third solo al­bum, yet it’s a con­fi­dently var­ied and vivid ef­fort: “Why You Gotta Make It So Hard?” re­calls the weirdo pop of the Ele­phant 6 col­lec­tive, while “We’re All Here” re­vives the dis­tressed col­lege rock of the city’s defin­ing doc­u­men­tary, 1987’s Inside/ Out. Draw­ing from every cor­ner of Athens lore, Barbe crafts a ragged strain of South­ern rock that is both idio­syn­cratic and deeply civic-minded.

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