Back in September, I had the chance to chat with Queens baroque rocker Thin Lear about his new single, "Second Nature."
With its Village Green
-era The Kinks vibes, it was one of my favorite tracks by an emerging artist from last year. I knew the single was coming off of Matt Longo's upcoming EP of the same name as his Thin Lear project, and I'd been eagerly waiting to get my hands on it for months. Thankfully, that day is finally here.
We have the exclusive premiere of the Thin Lear
EP, and if you have any love in your heart for classic baroque rock, set aside some time today. This is one of the first can't miss records of 2016. Overflowing with strings and classical instrumentation, Thin Lear
is a rich evocation of 1960s pastoral rock with a decidedly contemporary and political bent to its storytelling.
Whether it's "Second Nature" which I've had the pleasure of knowing for months now, or tracks on the EP that I was hearing for the first time like "M60 Bus" (whose title immediately evokes the first Vampire Weekend album) and "Drunk Like Americans" which both sonically and lyrically brings to mind David Bowie, there isn't a dull or wasted moment on the record. I want to curl up with this album, a glass of wine (even though I'm not a wine drinker), and float by on a tidal wave of warm baroque vibes and a snapchat of what retro rock revivalism should look like.