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Dream Magazine #3 | George Parsons

22 songs spilling out of this cracked eccentric soul

Such a unique mix of influences, from T-Rex when they were acoustic and still Tyrannosaurus Rex, early folk blues, Daniel Johnston, and a thinner more androgynous Nick Drake, but more acid damaged, soul on his sleeve naked, and lo-fi frail than any of them. This has the same inexorable will to exist that makes the seedling burst up through the asphalt. An ancient soul in a young body scratching out these fragmentary concise psychodramatic songlets like 8mm movies all grainy, wobbling and vivid to the point of being nearly unforgettable. Listen once you’ll be startled; listen twice you’ll be hooked.