KILL ROCK STARS
Gospel Music is the solo project of Black Kids bassist and one-time journalist Owen Holmes. On this five-song EP, he shares the mic with Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone, The Magnetic Fields’ Shirley Simms and Camera Obscura’s Traceyanne Campbell for a short and sweet collection characterized by unflinching humor. Playful and a little lo-fi, Holmes approaches each song completely devoid of any self-importance, transforming the mundane and in the process creates a brood of earworms. Who could recast home brewing as an act of love? You’ll hum “Automobile” until your throat’s raw, and yes, Holmes is probably right about being the first songwriter to use of the phrase “in escrow” in a pop song.