CORY HANSON – ” Western Cum ” 

Posted: April 4, 2023 in MUSIC

The western themes of Cory Hanson’s previous “Pale Horse Rider“, made flesh in the form of an electric band, lashed with gleaming guitar strings to tracks whose gnarled, proggy path only climes to the top of the listener’s Compulsion Index. From steel to synth, from old-school ballad to nu hardcore and ambient, Hanson and band run the table of modern rocks.

There’s a hot new Cory Hanson solo album on the horizon! In 2021, Wand singer/guitarist Cory Hanson delivered his critically acclaimed second solo album titled “Pale Horse Rider“, a combination of songs and sounds that journeyed through the bleak and broken territory and places of sweet, lush remove… Musically loose and cosmic, it was a fine country-rock offering, cut with native psych and prog strands.

For “Western Cum“, his third solo LP (June 23, 2023, from Drag City), Hanson ups the heat to molten levels, six strings at a time, driven by a rhythm trio dubbed “Slowhand”, featuring the stalwart bass of brother Casey Hanson and the drums of Evan Backer, with a few passing acoustics from Cory and the intermittent spirit moans of Tyler Nuffer’s steel guitar.

With “Western Cum“, our debauched and shameless world is redeemed in the same breath as it is repudiated. A massing of guitars, guitars, guitars and voices form post-gospel harmony, with a panoply of melodic impulses within, bright and burgeoning. The second single, “Twins”, is now among you! Establishing a peaceful easy feeling up front, it delves deep and sails high when the strings come in (guitar strings, right), rummaging through the nightmare of modern existence with the bones of prosaic wisdom left behind by our singer-songwriter fore-brethren.

For Cory Hanson’s new single ‘Twins’, taken from his highly-anticipated third solo LP (via Drag City Records), Director Amy Scott captures him in his native California environment – rambling around a ranch home. Also – Hanson has just been added to the line-up of this year’s Green Man Festival (17th-20th August).

“Western Cum”, available on LP/CS/CD/Digital on June 23rd, 2023, from Drag City Records.

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