Savvier locals know Mark Creegan as one of the area’s most vital visual artists, as well as a respected educator and gallery curator of equal renown. In his visual artwork, Creegan is known for making pieces that explore the elemental materials of art-making. So it seems fitting that on his album, Comb Rainbow, Creegan uses the most basic elements of contemporary music, including chord progressions and the at-hand production methods of GarageBand to release an enjoyable DIY collection of original tunes. Creegan’s songs, which swing from a kind of mellow joy to full-on sentimentality and somberness finds him akin to Lou Barlow or Jonathan Richman; fleshed out with minimalist instrumentation like guitar, bass, chimes, and drums.
The opening track “Let’s Draw!” is an upbeat homage to illustration. The soft-shoe, acoustic-guitar shuffle of “I’m a Woo Woo Guy” celebrates Creegan’s unrepentant love of unexplained phenomena like telekinesis, UFOs, and the esoteric; the self-explanatory “I Need a Guru” is an upbeat folk-country tune that name checks Ram Dass and Manly P. Hall. (In your face, lame-a** Americana scene!) All of this low-key action makes Creegan a primo primitive and while Comb Rainbow might not be a masterpiece, it surely puts him in the “emerging artist” category for the local indie rock scene.