Photo courtesy of Danny James
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I’ve often referred to the “musical blender” when attempting to disentangle genres and sounds from artists who seem hell bent on creating a storm of their influences. You can toss pretty much anything into the proverbial musical appliance; sometimes the results are little more than pulp, sometimes they’re messy beyond all reason.
Sometimes what gets ground up and churned out is just as good, and perhaps even better, than what went in.
The 2015 rerelease of Pear, courtesy of Burger records, is the latter variety. The blades are kept sharp for a recipe that borders on overflowing. 70’s coke-fueled electro pop? Check. A healthy dose of P-Funk style bass whallops and groove? Toss it in. Hit blend.
There’s also elements of R&B leanings, synth-fed glam, psychedelic squabbles, and what can sound like the ghost of Freddie Mercury twisting its way through the madness.
If all of this sounds like some overtly schizophrenic, deranged-pop clusterfunk, then you’re right on the money. But that’s what makes Pear so damn good.
So what kind of bull-goose loony, basement-dwelling mad-scientist, you might ask, is responsible for this beautiful mess?
The many frenetic voices and seemingly endless layers coalesce inside the brain of Danny James. He’s the mastermind behind the album, along with his band Etc. But he’s also far from an isolated neurotic. James stakes his visions on the harmony and feedback of the artists he both respects and works with.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Danny James!
Photo Courtesy of Danny James
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