El Sportivo And The Blooz: A Vagabond's Sigh

Think of El Sportivo and The Blooz's "Clover" as the perfect soundtrack to a long, hung-over train ride with people you don't know very well. i i

Think of El Sportivo and The Blooz's "Clover" as the perfect soundtrack to a long, hung-over train ride with people you don't know very well. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Think of El Sportivo and The Blooz's "Clover" as the perfect soundtrack to a long, hung-over train ride with people you don't know very well.

Think of El Sportivo and The Blooz's "Clover" as the perfect soundtrack to a long, hung-over train ride with people you don't know very well.

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Friday's Pick

Song: "Clover"

Artist: El Sportivo and The Blooz

CD: El Sportivo and The Blooz

Genre: Rock

El Sportivo and The Blooz is a Los Angeles band with a fantastical back story. The group features Lewis Pesacov, who plays in Foreign Born and Fool's Gold and is well-known for producing the shimmering Best Coast album Crazy for You. Matt Popieluch, also of Foreign Born, is also involved somehow. So their resumes check out, but those aren't as intriguing as the biography included in their press materials: Supposedly, the band came into existence after Pesacov was summoned aboard a Los Angeles train, whereupon he encountered an eccentric, drunken character named El Sportivo. Accompanied by his musician cohorts, The Blooz, they drank and made music in their private sleeper car, all the way to San Diego and back. Pesacov awoke on a bench in the train station the next morning, robbed of his guitar but in possession of a "reel of tape," containing the music the group put together.

Appropriately, then, the tracks on El Sportivo & The Blooz's self-titled EP capture an aesthetic of mystery, spontaneity and loneliness, not to mention a tinge of inebriation. "Clover" functions as a mournful sigh from a cynical vagabond, a weary look back and a pessimistic look forward. "They'll tell you an answer, but I don't see one / They'll tell you there's a way out, but I don't see one," goes the chorus. The music features a retro wash that sounds somewhat similar to Best Coast, minus the summertime nostalgia and sunny disposition. No matter what you make of El Sportivo and The Blooz's story, "Clover" fits the mood. Think of it as the perfect soundtrack to a long, hung-over train ride with people you don't know very well.

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