LUMEN pres. by CÆLUM
Dent May (Indie, US)
Dent May - self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime TV talk show host - has been charming his way into the hearts of music fans since the release of his debut album The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label in 2009. The Mississippi-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter, performer, and Dolly Parton enthusiast has since released two more acclaimed records, Do Things (2012) and Warm Blanket (2013), dropped the holiday smash "I’ll Be Stoned For Christmas”, and played hundreds of shows from Shanghai to Chicago. His latest album, Across the Multiverse, is an interstellar voyage of mythic proportions.
"Don’t wanna move to Southern California / I wasn’t really meant for LA...” So sang Dent May once upon a time, now he’s eating those words with a side of avocado toast in his new Los Angeles bungalow. What made the lifelong Mississippi boy pull up stakes and head west? "No one looks at you funny if you wear a tuxedo to the supermarket.” What he means is he moved there to shake up his surroundings, clear his head, and write the most accomplished record of his young career, the magical mystery tour de force Across the Multiverse.
Following the lead of musical-polymaths-with-LA-ties before him like Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, and Harry Nilsson, Dent’s style on Across the Multiverse will be familiar to fans of his previous work. Yet there’s something more refined about this collection... Stately strings mingle with boogie piano like old friends. Synths weave a celestial backdrop throughout. Every verse, bridge and chorus in its right place, giving it the unmistakable feel of a true songwriting craftsman at work. Lyrically Dent has never been sharper, musing on themes like modern romance ("Picture on a Screen”, "Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love”), existential dread ("Dream 4 Me”, "I’m Gonna Live Forever Until I’m Dead”), and the distance to the moon ("Distance to the Moon”) as he searches for meaning among the infinite scrolling feeds of our 21st century augmented reality. The title track, a duet with Frankie Cosmos, is a deep space love song about finding love beyond impossible boundaries.
Across the Multiverse was written and recorded in a sunny bedroom in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood, with Dent producing and playing nearly every instrument himself. The tracks were selected from dozens of songs written after the LA move, a gold rush of productivity inspired by late nights DJing rare disco funk cuts at local watering holes. It’s his first album for Carpark Records and will be released August 18th.
Gun Outfit (Indie, LA) + wearemarvin (Garage Indie, HH)
Like a stone eroded by years in the arroyo, Gun Outfit's enveloping "Western expanse" aesthetic of guitar levitations and honky-tonk hexes has become gradually smoother over time.
Their fifth LP ranks as their most brutally beautiful statement yet. Drawing from mythologies both classical and postmodern, Out of Range builds a world in which Brueghel the Elder, St.
Augustine, and the ancient goddess Cybele ride with John Ford, Samuel Beckett, and Wallace Stevens on a Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream.
"Dreamers wielding slide guitars. A tradition-warping band, with a punk aesthetic deep at the center and double-guitar desert-rock psychedelia at the surface." - The New York Times "it has the blue-sky sensibility of a soul-searching road trip.
You want to get lost inside of it, to turn it up on a road trip that lasts for weeks." - Pitchfork RIYL Steve Gunn, Terry Allen, Promised Land Sound, Chance, Amps for Christ, Meat Puppets, Sonic Youth, Waylon Jennings, Lee Hazlewood, Blaze Foley, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Kurt Vile.
2012 als Ein-Mann-Schlafzimmer Projekt geboren, hat sich wearemarvin live zu einer
6-köpfigen Indierock-Hydra entwickelt, die ihre Unverwundbarkeit zugunsten der
kompromisslosen Leidenschaft aufgibt.
wearemarvin ist eine sehnsüchtige Gegensprechanlage-artige Stimme, die mit einem
ineinanderverflochtenen, nahtlosen, leidenschaftlichen und bis zu 4 Gitarren-starken
Indierock-Garage-poppigen Soundmuster, welcher in uns verloren- oder lang vergessen
geglaubte, sehnliche Gedanken freilegt, kommuniziert; nicht auf der leidenden Ebene,
sondern vielmehr auf der friedenschließenden und heilenden.
wearemarvin lässt die Realität, in einer versöhnlichen und tröstenden Weise, mit
Träumen verschmelzen, ohne dabei ihre substanzielle Energie einzubüßen.
Die Wirklichkeit tötet nicht länger die Schimäre.