"GALA, an album that ranks with his finest work...is among the best records of the past quarter century" Carl A. Zimring,
This review is from: Gala (MP3 Download)
"I want a way to break that Nashville sound," Phelps sings on Gala's lead off track, and though he can't break that mold for everyone, there's no danger of the Downer Trio lazily aping an aesthetic. Phelps's fuzzy guitar is more gristly than meaty on this loud/quiet/loud track, and his voice is as oddly endearing as ever, resembling Stephen Malkmus or Jeff Mangum in the way he goes from a seemingly disengaged baritone to a cracked, spine-tingling yelp. "Put some shoulder in it, boys," he implores, and the band complies." Joel Oliphant Pitchfork
"This is a magnificent return from Joel Phelps...It's adult music for the modern 'indie' listener." Muddy Anti-Pitchfork
"GALA, an album that ranks with his finest work...is among the best records of the past quarter century" Carl A. Zimring
"the most direct and rock-like work since his contributions to Silkworm." Dusted
"it's crushingly sad and an absolute corker" Collective Zine
Radio play also on Bob Harris (Gideon Coe sitting in) BBC Radio 2,Duyster on Studio Brussel Radio, Varity Mix on KEXP, Midday Show KEXP, Jon Solomon WPRB, Ken Katkin's Trashflow & Ally Gourley's Art School Dancing on Castle FM.