Mike Gordon: Overstep
Itâ€™s somewhat ironic that Phish bassist Mike Gordon and longtime collaborator and Max Creek frontman Scott Murawski conceived Overstep in a series of remote New England locations since those settings are usually the place of dark, emotional and introspective singer-songwriter affairs and not well-formed, upbeat and pervasive rock songs. Yet, despite admitted difficulties with writerâ€™s block, Gordonâ€™s initial vision yields an album thick with groove-laden songs accentuated with jazz riffs, power-pop vocal reflections, Matt Chamberlainâ€™s spot-on drumming and Gordonâ€™s tell-tale deep-to-explosive basslines flirting with everything from funk to jazz, acid and alt-rock. â€śEvery chef knows itâ€™s the sauce that makes the dish,â€ť Gordon sings on â€śTiny Little World,â€ť and this master musical chef knows his sauce. â€śEtherâ€ť is a swirling, psychedelic pop ditty, while â€śJumpingâ€ť spins a classic West Coast jam-vibe circa 1974. â€śYarmouth Roadâ€ť taps Gordonâ€™s love of roots reggae, as â€śSay Somethingâ€ť and â€śFaceâ€ť are shapely power-rockers. â€śDifferent Worldâ€ť adds a piece of trippy Beatlesque/ progish heaven. Gordonâ€™s ingredient list, thankfully, shows few limitations, making Overstep an intoxicating meal.