In a sea of indistinct pop music, Anton Barbeau’s sheer unmistakability and inimitability prove he is a significant and successful artist, regardless of his level of fame.
FaltyDL’s A Nurse to My Patience is home-alone, headphones-on, glow-of-a-smartphone-in-the-dark indie music. It’s the sound of the demons dancing in his head.
Johanna Warren’s Lessons for Mutants is state of the art. It rings with an uncategorizable quality that our age seems not to value very much, to our own peril: beauty.
The aesthetic sensibility of Bird Street’s Lagoon is the urbane, soundtrack-ready, slightly melancholic popcraft ushered into the world by Club Largo.
No. 2’s First Love pulls right up in front of you and wastes no time, like a friend who comes to pick you up for a night out and leaves the car running.
Caleb Nichols’ Ramon shows respect for Paul McCartney’s maligned Ram and sympathy for the misunderstood man in the Beatles’ “Mean Mr. Mustard”.
Anton Barbeau talks about how he is obsessed with sound and the emotion it carries, but it isn’t the sound of power pop that runs through his brain.
Anton Barbeau talks about working with the Loud Family’s Scott Miller on the adventurous LP, What If It Works?, reissued this week by Omnivore Recordings.