By Caleb Oldham
Generalizations about music are hard to make these days just because of the sheer diversity of what there is out there. Yet you still get the sense that lately bands have been shedding the the furious energy of punk and the desperate neurosis of groups like Talking Heads in favor of a chilled out, summer reverb vibe à la "All I wanna do" by the Beach Boys.
Within this context we get "how r u (walk away)" by Gools. A solid pop track just over 2 minutes built off a simple riff/beat that gets layer after layer of sweet, surf guitar thrown over it while a low echoey voice repeats lyrics that reflect the easy-going feel of the track. This is one of those songs that gets built right in front you - when the third layer of guitar riff kicks in around the 40 second mark you're hooked.
From what I can tell from Facebook Gools is a guy named Ray and a guy named Devin in Baltimore making music that they describes as "country pop". That's somewhat accurate if that's how you'd describe a bedroom pop version of the Drums. "how r u(walk away)" is the first track (and the only one over 2 minutes) off a recent EP called Broken Kisses. It's short, free and definitely worth a listen.