God help us all, he's back. Popular hedonist Connan Mockasin has probably been sleeping in his pillow fort for the last couple of years but he returns with more ineffable R&B tinged indie rock. Jassbusters is his third record and is apparently the prologue to a five-part film he's making, esoterically soundtracking this thing we don't yet know about. If you like Connan, you're probably fine without the context.
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After the high water peak of Forever Dolphin Love, 70s lounge lizard Connan Mockasin has become a rather difficult artist to love. That album was a superb journey through a strange kind of underwater soulful pop with an eerie sound that is rarely tapped into in rocks rich tapestry. Perhaps the irritating thing about Mockasin since is that he's been somewhat phoning it in while presumably allowing himself more time to party. Just the press release here annoys - 'this is part of a 'five part melodrama created by Mockasin'. That angle will probably provide enough interest for music writers and publicists but it's probably bollocks designed to distract from an album that barely even tries to make itself heard.
I'm not saying he doesn't have a gorgeous sound. Opener 'Charlottes Thong' (hmm quite) has a lovely laid back 70s groove that is hard to dislike. The fact that it drones on for nearly ten minutes with not one nor two interminable guitar solos is the most worrying thing about it. Still it's Mockasin actually making representative music which is something to behold because elsewhere he's in crooner mode on both 'Momo' and 'Last Night' and to be honest I'm bored stupid.
There are moments though when he reminds us of his insouciant talent. 'Con Conn Was Impatient' has a lovely floating melody and like the opener is a fully realised song rather than a scatter of fake Prince pissing about. It's lovely but there's something very very frustrating about Jassbusters, he's strayed way over the line into muzak territory and the songs, though easy on the ear, barely raise a ripple of interest.
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