Selective Hearing Volume 1 from Nashville’s Amerigo Gazaway is a laid back Trip Hop holiday, a free form collage of soothing instrumentals, fresh sampling, cuts and chill beats. ‘Nocturnal Twilight’ starts off around 80 BPM with swanky horns and clarinet, infectious drums and scratching of samples leaving the listener relaxed, intrigued, slightly dazed.
Following is ‘Mr E’ beginning with funky synths, rocking beats and a groovy bass and more fresh scratching, it’s a bright tune with amusing beat repeats and edits. ‘Stop on By’ utilizes deep beats and soulful vocal samples, slight filtering of sounds, and simple guitar riffs for a compelling tune; ‘The Madhatter’ embodies a child-like awe in the sounds, sweetly purring strings, a pensive jazzy clarinet, more cutting and scratching, lively drums and percussions. ‘Sail Me Away’ ends the 10-track album with all around good vibes, a touch of funk, soul, a full kick drum, chopped up sweet vocals, deep bassline and relaxing melody. It’s like the feeling of coming home from a long trip or an epiphany of lovely thoughts, an album drawn from many influences it’s a beautifully composed treat.