Ball of Wax 33 Songs: Olie Eshleman – “Gamma Progression Street”

Ball of Wax veteran and Corespondents founding member Olie Eshleman contributes a guitar-driven instrumental track to volume 33 with “Gamma Progression Street” The song is carried by a series of guitars (maybe 3?) vamping atop processed, stomping drums. Filling in the cracks are bits of organ, synth blips and sampled vocals at the end. Somehow “Gamma Progression Street” evokes Morricone-esque Spaghetti Western soundtracks, reverb tank-driven surf music and ’80s-era Tom Waits while blending into a unique, cohesive junkyard noir. If you told me this was lifted directly from the soundtrack of Wild at Heart, I’d believe it – no question.

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