LeGroulx conjures up a retro, vintage sonic world on the self-recorded album through the use of reverb, ghostly organs, and some righteous guitar solos (I can’t help but hear the fluid jams of the The Allman Brothers in tunes like “Armory Hall”). This one’s a truly pleasant surprise and something well worth checking out. And hey, it’s completely free, so get on it asap.
- Pop Headwound
But there’s also a distinctly retro flavour to Expwy that references 60s jangle pop (like the instantly adorable “Armory Hall”), that makes Dance Maul a modern classic. And the guitar solos! Honestly, you have to hear the guy play. “Armory Hall” would be worth the price of admission alone.
- Quick Before it Melts
Written while bumming around New York, sleeping on couches and with Luc Sante's Low Life, Burroughs and Wallace's Gotham, Herbert Asbury's The Gangs of New York and All Around the Town and his guitar as his only possessions Matt LeGroulx returned to Montreal to record this latest Expwy album. Coming less than a year after the debut this new one takes a completely different tack. Drum kits replace drum machines and guitars and mandolins replace synthesizers. Guitar solos abound and what guitar solos they are! In LeGroulx we have a new kind of guitar hero. While still classic rock in flavour they show am emotional connection and flair for improvisation closer to John Coltrane than Eric Clapton. And the guitars pop up everywhere, acoustic, electric, harmonized, in oddly rhythmed unison. Had this record been made in 1973 it would be today on people's short lists of the greatest unheralded rock albums of all time along the lines of Shuggie Otis's Inspiration Information.