Album Review: "Splinters" By Gideon King & City Blog (7/10)

Gideon King & City Blog

Producer: Gideon King

Driven by a N.Y.C. aesthetic and patterned after the witty and diverse soul-pop-fusion of Steely Dan, Gideon King & City Blog offers colorful narratives, dreamy coolness offset by funky rock edges and, above all, grand solo showcases for vocalists Caleb Hawley and Ashley Hess whose duets “Brutal To Be” and “Skunk’s Misery Road” are the album’s centerpieces. No surprise to learn King dabbles in woodworking and carpentry, as he builds powerful narratives on the open-ended dialogue of his many musical cohorts. –Jonathan Widran