A psych-pop modernist and sensitive soul, Ben Montero’s band transfigures and turns like his songs.
This time accompanied by Jay Watson (Tame Impala/GUM/Pond) and Riccardo Damian (an engineer working out of Mark Ronson’s London shop), this smaller circle trades some of the pomp of 2013’s The Loving Gaze for gentler moments, with a sensibility familiar to any fan of Montero’s introspective visual art.
Performer’s spindly rhythms and gauzy melodies make for a record easy to slink into, getting lost in its technicolour, watercolour, hypercolour, splotches. Guitar music rarely feels this saucy.
Performer is out Feb 2 via Chapter/Inertia.
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