Dent May, Big Search + DJ JESSPELETA and Juan Izguerra

Dent May

“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.

Big Search is the ever-present alter ego of Matt Popieluch as he continues to make his way through Californian life, channeling the cross-currents of romance, upheaval, and casual adventure. Centered around the 12 string guitar, vocal harmony and synthesizers, Big Search music inspires floating escapism to a subconscious realm where Harry Nilsson is singing over Jade Warrior in a weed soaked bubble bath.

After over a decade of making music in the band Foreign Born and assisting in bands Papercuts, Fools Gold, Glasser, Luke Top, Cass McCombs, Taken By Trees and Sky Ferreira, Big Search has released 2 to 3 albums depending on your count, including 2016's Life Dollars on Danger Mouse's label 30th Century Records. Last year Big Search lent his voice to a Charlie Feather's cover on the Resistance Radio compilation that also featured Angel Olson, Kevin Morby, Beck, and Sharon Van Etten among others, and is currently readying the release of the new Big Search album, due out in this spring.

$12.00 - $14.00


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