In the USA David Wingo is best known as the house composer of indie director David Gordon Green ("Prince Avalanche"). Under the pseudonym Ola Podrida, the bearded Austin musician also writes his own song stories. "Ghosts Go Blind" is already the Texan's third album, which was first recorded with a band. The small indie line-up around two guitars and occasional keyboards nestles elegantly around Wingos relaxed voice, reminiscent of mild minds like Brad singer Shawn Smith or Pearl Jams Stone Gossard. The arrangements often revolve around leisurely harmonic progressions like in the title track with its soft scramble chords next to clearly sounding lead guitar immersed in reverb. In the dark-coloured lead "Not Ready To Stop" with its full-bodied, stormy middle section, college rock parts mix with rough edges à la Neil Young. With their unobtrusive indie mix, Ola Podrida move consistently on familiar terrain. But what may be missing in originality, the band makes up for with their warm basic tone and a homogeneous song series.
Top track: Not Ready To Stop