If you're not familiar with the Graze, it's likely because the man behind the Graze, Seattle songwriter Louis O'Callaghan, took five and a half years to release his second full-length album, Give/Sell. You can download it free if you sign up for the band's mailing list on the Graze's blog/website. And you'll want to, because Give/Sell is an instantly-likeable collection of lo-fi folk songs -- something that's furthered by O'Callaghan's vocal kinship with the likes of Jeff Mangum, Ryan Adams and John Vanderslice. A weird bunch to compare a person to, I know, but listen to the album a couple times and you'll see what I'm getting at.
That said, while his voice resembles all of those esteemed artists at different turns, it's a distinctive entity, as is O'Callaghan's guitar work. Had someone played it for me blind and said it was an early Elephant Six demo, I would've believed it. Give/Sell is so rife with potential, in fact, that it makes you wonder what O'Callaghan could accomplish if he devoted a little more time to his solo work and a little less to the other three bands he's in. Anyhow, if you download Give/Sell and like what you hear, his CD release show is 9 p.m. this Friday at the Mars Bar (it costs $6 to get in).