Gareth Inkster is a power pop champ and “Last Year” has us hooked.
The song starts with classic innocence, then socks it to the listener as the story unfolds. Glimmers of Brian Wilson and Ben Folds are sprinkled throughout, with gritty guitars in the ballpark of Fountains of Wayne and Superdrag. The song is expertly produced and the arrangement carries the listener all the way through. Each spin reveals a new layer — notice the percussive acoustic strumming throughout. This is a ditty that certainly took some time to craft and come to life.
Gareth Inkster would be all over the radio in a different time. Pick up his tunes to keep this going.