American Wrestlers

If the plural name doesn’t trick you, the multi-instrumental backing might. American Wrestlers is in fact the work of a single man, Gary McClure, who evidently wants you to think he’s not alone. Judging by the deliberately lo-fi sound that defines his debut solo album, McClure also wants you thinking he recorded these songs decades ago. A closer listen reveal that this smoke and mirrors act is meant to instill a certain charm, rather than deceive. This charm falters throughout the album, but on high points like “There’s No One Crying Over Me Either” it elevates McClure’s adept song-writing. NL

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