Despite singing about his desire to never move to LA in previous recordings, Mississippi-born musical whizz-kid Dent May has now done just that - apparently to change his backdrop and find new inspiration. After all, that’s where his heroes Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks found theirs. His new album, Across The Multiverse is his most complete record yet. Whilst keeping his signature sound at its core, there is also refinement from the arrangements and song craft.
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It's Paul McCartney week here at the towers. Already Robert Sotelo has channelled the best Beatle (my opinion) on his 'Cusp' album and here from the get go Dent May has enough of McCartney's 70s sound world to enjoy further comparison to the purple-haired one. However May has recently moved to LA and as such has produced a lavish album of sunshine pop that is expertly laced with horns and vibrant production helping to give it a radio sheen particularly on the Frankie Cosmos assisted title track. When I say 'radio' I'm talking about the mid '70s afternoon show. Much of this is going to sound great next to Supertramp.
In fact the most blindingly obvious influence here is Jellyfish. May has much of their hippified exuberance and technicolor retro pop moves. The songs are pretty decent (though slopped with enough 70s cheese to make even the Bee Gees wince) but May's voice kind of gets on my wick a few songs in. Taken track by track it's fine but there's something samey in his delivery which irks after a while. He needs to expand it somehow - or use a different microphone or something.
There's some good pop moments here though particularly 'Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love' that is like that Ariel Pink/Andrew Gold collaboration. 'Classic' 70's radio pop. He's happy - he's just made the third Jellyfish album.
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