I haven’t heard a peep out of meanmotorscooter (AKA Tyrel Kessinger) since listening to him for the first time on last year’s massive Head Cleaner compilation. I was (and still am) really into that track (“Little Boy Blue”), so when a new album from this dude arrived in our mailbox, I was more than interested to see what he’s been up to.
His new effort, titled Mucho Pedestrian manages to mesh 80’s art-pop sensibilities from artists like Prince and Oingo Boingo with modern acts like TV On The Radio and Tame Impala. My favorite song might be “Charlie Rose”, a synth-laden toe-tapper with slack jawed, almost mumbled vocals that somehow maintain a catchy, enduring quality that’ll have singing along by your second or third listen.
I’m also really into the opening track “Used Ta Be” which opens up with a gorgeous guitar riff that has me thinking of early Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, but eventually morphs into a modern take on Depeche Mode meets A Flock of Seagulls. Or something. It’s not the easiest noise to describe as there are influences being drawn from all over the place making for a truly unique listening experience. In short, this album really does it for me as an interesting 80’s art-pop inspiration, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
Listen to Mucho Pedestrian in it’s entirety below: