Beltway Recording Company‘s debut album Outer Sounds From The Inner Loop is out today on WarHen Records. Popmatters premiered a song from the collection in timely protest of the fake news era, saying “The jangling, fervent blend of blues and rock stylings on the track offers itself naturally to the fiery attitude conveyed in the lyrics. Bauley’s vocals saunter down front-and-center, offering just the right amount of grit to keep its air of protest and indignation alive and stouthearted.” Titled “Coup D’etat,” the track attacks the United States presidential administration with simplicity and force.
Driving guitar and impassioned vocals present the objectively unfortunate: “Something’s wrong / With how thing’s’ve gone / What has happened / We got a pawn.” The song is not vacant of hope though. In consideration of impending elections, songwriter Taylor Grant Bauley offers: “Know your rights / Right from wrong / Things’ll change / It won’t be long.”
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Beltway Recording Company is the masterful meld of music and fiction from Richmond artist, Taylor Grant Bauley. Its debut album features wildly wide-ranging songs from twelve viscerally differing voices, vibes and monikers. However, Bauley conceived, performed and recorded each of the album’s “contributors” to a four-track tape machine in his garage. A producer of advertising music by day, Bauley employed his for-hire songcraft to explore his own creative instincts and to make a pertinent political statement. The project’s title blatantly plays upon Washington D.C.’s nickname, its focus on fictitiousness exploiting our government’s farcical circumstances.
Outer Sounds From The Inner Loop is a gift to the crate-digging community, a celebration of obscurity situated somewhere between The Numero Group and The Blues Brothers. Everything from 60’s Psychedelia to Swamp-Blues to AM Radio funk to Spaghetti Western sounds is present in this collection, and Bauley recorded each track live. The irreverent rejection of an editing process resulted in a fervently raw sound, a vibrating realness for a project that’s entirely “fake.” Artwork from Darryl Norsen, secret weapon to Light In The Attic Records and tastemaker blog Aquarium Drunkard set the sepia tone for this uniquely old fashioned but urgent new album. It is available on Vinyl, Cassette, and all digital outlets.
1. Theme From ‘Unwarranted’ by Marco Luccionni
2. Coup D’etat by Big Brother Ben
3. Sundown Song by E.L. Beaumont
4. Outta Sight by Secret Physics
5. Nomad by Vin Khassen Group
6. Telekinesis by The Aeronauts
7. Earthly Body by Tradewinds
8. Hot Mess (feat. The Horns of Plenty) by The Star-Brites
9. River Road by The DelMarVas
10. Time To Go by Mr. Theodore Rose
11. Deja Vu by Harvey K. Mercer
12. New Mexico by Wyatt Williamson