Adjustment and movement have always been a part of singer-songwriter and composer Sawyer Gebauer’s life. When he was 19, he moved to Sweden from the Midwest and subsequently formed Brittsommar, a collective of rotating musicians who developed a loyal following in Europe. When he found his way back to the States, he settled into a small Texas ghost town and created a new project called Catch Prichard. He then shared an acclaimed 5-song EP called “Eskota,” which was named after that lonesome and spectral city.
Recently, Gebauer completed work on a new EP under the Catch Prichard moniker, and during those recording sessions, he broadened his musical palette, incorporating drum machines, synths, pads and a sprinkling of Mellotron into his songs. “Utter Disbelief,” will be released on Feb. 22 and delivers on the promise of his previous work, offering an expanded musical atmosphere where his considerable guitar prowess and inimitable baritone voice work to uncover the smallest details within this new landscape of sound.
On recent single, “Going Crazy,” he blends his distinctive vocals with a swaying Americana momentum and subtle electronic flourishes. His nimble fretwork is still displayed prominently, but now it’s in the service of something much larger than itself. A drum machine tick-tocks away in the background while synths lay themselves out against this backdrop of this bucolic creativity. And then there’s the saxophone, coming in and completely tearing down all your assumptions and providing an unexpected and welcome change of tone and texture to a song already filled with abundant moments of unbridled inventiveness.