His songs are stories, cunningly simple, universally relatable and seem to come from a place deep within Gibbons' soul, with layers of harmonies so sweetly placed they long to be sung along to. “Fall Girl” is the kind of song that belongs on a movie soundtrack. It’s the kind of song that is hard to get out of your head once heard. It keeps you tapping your feet, swaying your hips and looking up more of this brilliant artist's work.
With a nod to Tom Petty, Loudon Wainwright and of course, The Beatles, Gibbons charms us with his sweet guitars and buoyant rhythms. “Fall Girl” is melancholy and heartfelt with glorious, jubilant guitars and driving drums. The rhythm is upbeat and wonderfully free from cynicism and tired excuses. The sound is crisp and very much in the present, yet filled with a longing for the past somehow. Perhaps it’s the Mellotronic opening or the layers of harmonies and melodies and the yearning lyrics for a love that will never be. Either way, “Fall Girl” gets under your skin the way simple songs with subtle sounds and powerful melodies always do.
Geoff Gibbons music has developed over the many years he has spent honing his craft. Traveling through Australia, the States and his own Canada, performing on bills with Emmylou Harris and David Crosby, you can hear where these greats rubbed off on him. He has an iconic sound, full of wisdom and an irony that only the well travelled can afford. “Fall Girl” is an ode to the chugging relentlessly addictive tracks born from the southern states, but owing their life to the beauty of soul music and blues. It’s a great track, brilliantly arranged and masterfully performed…it’s just kind of perfect.
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Artist Name: Geoff Gibbons
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Label: Bluecafe Music
Producer: John MacArthur Ellis
Musicians: Geoff Gibbons: Guitar and Vocals
Styles: Americana, Folk, Alt Country, Southern Soul
Similar To: Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Eagles