HomeMusicReview: Darryl Blood Darryl Blood “This isn’t Goodbye” (BlueScant Recording Corporation) There’s just something about a career four-tracker (sometimes turned eight-tracker) that just sort of grabs me. This fine young chap has been putting together home recordings for over ten years and is just now being noticed for his pop-ballads. In my mind the most celebrated American four-tracker is probably Elliott Smith, which Id say Darryl Blood shares some qualities with. Although Smith uses pretty much just himself and an acoustic guitar and Darryl utilizes percussion and a mixture of low-fi effects with his guitar, theres something special about songwriters who are completely secluded from the world. Four-trackers tend to get locked in their own mind and that makes for brilliant whimsical tracks that are honest, open, and true. Its weird, but seclusion can teach you a lot about yourself and in this case seclusion taught Darryl how to be comfortable in his skin. Im ready to track down every recording this guy has ever made. Admirable.