Hey San Pedro
SONG & DANCE
Unlikely connection: a Herp Alpert-mentored indie-folk artist
The leader of LA band Run Run Run has designed his first solo LP from the blueprint drawn up by Elliot Smith (no relation): aching songs of loss and longing put across with sparing precision by delicately fingerpicked guitar and fragile double-tracked vocals. Smith has a knack for capturing bedroom solitude with this simple recipe, and his arching chorus hooks, embellished by fluttering multitracked harmonies cut through the existential gloom of laments like “Down”, “Moving on” and “Lost Along The Way”. Providing a welcome lift are the shimmering “Sunday Afternoon” and a spiky cover of Tegan And Sara's “Walking With A Ghost”.