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Only Cass McCombs Could Make “Medusa’s Outhouse” Sound Good

Cass McCombs

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has been refining his craft for more than a decade, and as his latest single Medusa’s Outhouse suggests, he just keeps getting better. The third single to be released from McCombs’ eighth album ‘Mangy Love’, Medusa’s Outhouse is characterised by the cryptic, rebellious lyrical content that first established McCombs as a great modern songwriter.

The song opens to a shoegaze guitar melody and lilting drum beats, setting up a dreamy country landscape for McCombs’ delicate falsetto. Without straying from his carefully considered style, McCombs fashions an intriguing chorus out of nothing more than a slight key change and a few bends in the otherwise structured beat.

While a slide guitar makes for a fitting feature, the real hero of the track is McCombs’ turn of lyrical phrase, featuring lines like “Help me/Help me to remember to forget/To forget what hasn’t happened yet”. Although it lacks the energy of previous singles Opposite House and Run Sister Run, Medusa’s Outhouse delivers admirable emotional weight.

Anchored by three impressive leading singles, McCombs’ upcoming album ‘Mangy Love’ is slated to tackle socio-political issues with through his individual perspective. Featuring tracks written in the vein of opposition and contrasted by music which ventures into groovy realms of Philly soul, Norcal Psychedelia, and New York paranoia.

Cass McCombs’ album ‘Mangy Love’ is set for release on Friday 26th of August. In the meantime, check out his third single Medusa’s Outhouse below!

Read about McCombs’ single Opposite House HERE

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Written by Jess Martyn