I can’t help but love the constant mutations that Ben Cook applies to Young Guv. From the garage grit that spawned the name, he’s launched himself into bouts of creating perfect power pop, 80’s synth slink, and now it seems that he’s set his sights on the nudie suit saunter of ‘70s country. From the Flying Burritos font that greets us in the opening minutes of “Maybe I Should Luv Somebody Else,” to the 12-string jangle that cracks the seal, the song is instantly divergent from Young Guv’s past, yet just as lovingly created in the image of its predecessors. Cook has a chameleonic ability to inhabit a genre and make it his own, while feeling like he’s created some lost artifact found in the cutout bin for the savvy collectors out there. The song jangles with spirit of The Byrds as a North Star, adding in some pedal steel, banjo, and sunset harmonies. Ben’s had a couple of standalone singles this year, but if this is a possible direction for an album, I’m hopeful and waiting on more in this vein.
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