Kevin Morby: Singing Saw
This week I’ve got a nice set of great albums from guys who started off in one place and now have sweet solo careers of their own worth keeping up with. First up is Kevin Morby who first appeared on the scene as a bass player in Woods alongside other sideman work before setting out on his own. His newest solo album, Singing Saw is one of my favorites of the year so far, filled with superlative songwriting, a kind of updated-Dylan voice and an excellent backing band that includes a heavy dose of Sam Cohen and Marco Benevento, among many others. This one is the real deal.
Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality: Everything Lasts Forever
Besides being a groove powerhouse of their own, Antibalas has become a nice little incubator for some interesting solo spin-offs. The latest is from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar who has his solo debut out with his own band, Low Mentality. Like the album cover, Nikhil seems to capture the temperature and temp of New York with a sprawling sound that marries the rhythm and grooves of Antibalas’ afrobeat and infuses it into all sorts of interesting pop and rock motifs. It’d be hard to capture everything going on in this album in a quick capsule review, but rest assured it is literate and fun and funky; familiar and yet utterly unique. Everything Lasts Forever is a hidden gem and highly recommended.
Doug Tuttle: It Calls On Me
Doug Tuttle first made his way into the RecommNeds with the excellent New England indie-jammers Mmoss. Mmoss is no longer, but Tuttle’s solo career is taking flight with his second noteworthy release, It Calls On Me out on Trouble In Mind. He’s seemed to have focused his trip-out roots, employing efficient, stoner guitar solos between verses of perfectly-preserved psychedelic rock … Why do in 10 minutes what you can do in three? Each song a gem on its own, taken together, this sophomore release certainly moves Tuttle near the top of his genre. Enjoy!
Jason Collett: Song And Dance Man
While Jason Collett had a career before Broken Social Scene was a scene, his involvement with the Toronto supergroup was likely the first introduction for many, at least it certainly was for me. Regardless, I’m thankful the introduction was made, because Collett’s solo work continues to provide happy moments of blissful musicianship. His newest LP, aptly named Song And Dance Man, is a groovy smile-inducer of the highest degree: great songs with plenty to dance to. This one came out back in February, but it’s perfect summer music: driving with the windows down, hammock lounging or cold beer drinking, it should fit the bill.