Greg Vanderpool: “To Violet”

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Greg Vanderpool: “To Violet”

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

Photo by Caleb Theimer

Whether he’s recording with his bands Milton Mapes, Monahans, or under his own name, Austin’s Greg Vanderpool favors sparse arrangements that roll in like a Texas thunderstorm. You might be able to see it coming, but it still sneaks up on you with power and grace. That’s the case with “To Violet,” a track from his upcoming second solo album, Pilot. Like a lot of his work, it finds common ground between the skeletal darkness of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and Brian Eno’s ambient beauty. Heard one way, the song is a landscape portrait of Austin’s fitful recent history, but the refrain zooms out, putting “To Violet” in a completely different context. “Has the whole world lost its mind?” Vanderpool wearily asks over and over. For better or worse, it’s a question that’s both incredibly timely and as old as time.

“To Violet” appears on Pilot, out April 6.

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