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Austin May
Austin May
by Karla Ash

The surprise success of Bright Eyes will most likely open the doors for other uncompromisingly independent male singer/songwriters, but I doubt you will see Austin May on MTV any time soon. That’s certainly not a knock against May, who is simply doing his own thing. The material here is fairly stripped-down, yet there are sharper edges in May’s acoustic rock than what you’d normally expect. “S. Bouquet” is my pick overall for its spellbinding riffs. May takes music back to its basics, handling all of the instrumentation by himself, never burdening his songs with overly complicated arrangements. In fact, they sound as simple as it gets. It may take a while to digest, but it’s a rewarding experience if you give it time to sink in.

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