Oakley Hall: Gypsum Strings
Long regarded as one of the best live acts in New York, Oakley Hall has finally delivered on the promise of its collective talent and the energy of its live shows with the masterpiece Gypsum Strings, their second full-length release this year. Gypsum Strings busts out of Americana norms and reimagines Laurel Canyon as made of steel and glass. The band's dynamic range and killer songwriting chops are in evidence as they careen from shredding urban rockers ("Confidence Man" and "Lazy Susan") to spare and haunting balladry ("Living in Sin in the U.S.A." and "Nite Lights, Dark Days"). Their co-ed posse harmonies, which BUST magazine recently called "some of the most stunning in recent history," light up the landscape the whole way.