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"Long Gone Song," a journey of musical concoction

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Cali alt-country rockers Nocona push the lines and create a totally unique, multi-genre infused sophomore album Long Gone Song.

The record begins with fast paced, cow-punk tune "Love Gone Song." This high energy song highlights lead singer Chris Isom's voice and brings out their southern rock influence with Elan Glasser's harmonica playing.

Throughout the record many genres of music can be heard and experienced, and "Toothless Junkie" perfectly mixes '90s alternative rock vocals with a tinge of blues. The guitar riffs are clean yet rough around the edges.

Simple piano chords and vocals begin "The Victories of the World." This song personifies Nocona's indie and alternative rock roots and gives a great Southern California sound with sweet harmonies.

As the record progresses, it leaves you wondering what sounds Nocona will come up with next. "Beelzebub is Still the King," mixes an alt-country organ and a steel guitar which adds a little Cali twist. Isom's vocals have country tendencies, but also has a whine reminiscent of '90s grunge.

Nocona gets a little trippy on "Knives & Cologne." The guitar riffs are totally unexpected and take this song to an entirely different level. The song has hints of traditional country with the organ and pedal steel and mixes it with new, innovative vocals, harmonies and lead guitar.

The chord progression and simple harmonies on "Beverly Hills Blues" mixed with Isom's vocals are reminiscent of the Mamas & the Papas. The song highlights the struggles of trying to make it in a Beverly Hills world. Although Long Gone Song is only Nocona's second release, it is apparent they have mixed a wide array of inspirations into a sound all their own.

Nocona brings out their punk-Americana side on "It's Just." The harmonica and driving drums provide endless amounts of energy while the guitar adds a punkabilly twist.

Long Gone Song shows just how great Nocona's three-part harmonies can be, and "Ahh Lovey" is a great representation of this with dynamic harmonies and catchy guitar and harmonica.

Nocona gets a bit groovy on "Prehensile Soul," with slightly trippy harmonies and a deep roots sound.

The record ends with beautiful, slow piano and simple guitar on "Outside the Lines." The pedal steel and harmonies add depth and an alt-folk twist, ending the record on a totally different note than where it began.

If you are looking for a musical journey, Nocona's sophomore record Long Gone Song will do that and more. From the Texas country sounding pedal steel to the punk-rock infused guitar riffs, the sounds on this record are unexpectedly perfect together. For more information on Nocona and their newest record Long Gone Song go to

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