A Loupe — Margaret Chavez
A Loupe is a 32-minute, continuously mixed ten-track song cycle arriving under the name Margaret Chavez, a pseudonym that acts a memorial tribute to the mother of the album’s creator, Austin-based songwriter Marcus William Striplin.
Striplin’s name is familiar to anyone who has followed the indie rock scene that emerged out of Texas in the early 2000s, specifically Dallas, where Striplin co-founded the band named after the suburb Pleasant Grove in 1999.
In its relatively brief half-decade-or-so initial run, Pleasant Grove earned praise for the “simmering psychedelia” (KUTX, 98.9) of its “songs of broken hearts and broken voices” (Dallas Observer) that, according to MOJO, mixed the “down and out ache of Texas country as well as the sonic outbursts of Neil Young.” In a four-star review, UNCUT dubbed Pleasant Grove a “mark of excellence in modern Americana.”
“Gone Gone Gone”
“Call for Cull”
“Grackles and Crows”
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