Underrated Seattle singer's trippy solo debut

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Robert Roth – Someone, Somewhere

Though he’s still best known for his role in Truly’s 1995 album Fast Stories… From Kid Coma, Robert Roth is way beyond grunge. This solo debut is crammed with classy naked city observations like the magical opener “Vicki And Jacky” and the epic “Walk All Over Downtown Life”. With a musical talent to match his ear for detail, Roth slips mellotron, loops and Farfisa in between some richly arranged songwriting that echoes Pink Floyd and Jorma Kaukonen. If Bob’s voice is eerily reminiscent of Syd Barrett, the notes and nuances are highly original.