Dent May

The Wayfarer & Slumber Party Presents

Dent May

Blanco Nino, Jimmy Whispers, Xin Xin

Thu, January 17, 2019

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Dent May
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.
Blanco Nino
Blanco Nino
“Two brothers (Nate and Nick Bennett) formed Blanco Niño in early 2018. The two have been playing together since childhood and when they sing in harmony their history of playing and songwriting becomes truly apparent. Sonically, Blanco Niño is best described as haunting, bright, and dreamy, with very pleasant melodies & harmonies, ethereal keyboard work & ambient tones. Growing up they were influenced by late 60’s and early 70’s rock/pop mixed with contemporary, garage and psychedelic sounds. The multi-instrumentalist duo started this new project to explore their unique sound and expand the voice they had developed. The brothers dropped their first EP “Bundle of Joy” in early 2018 which includes four driving, yet melodic tracks. Picking up Ben Tinsley (Hindu Pirates) to take care of all things percussive, the three dropped their new self-titled EP “Blanco Niño” on all platforms. With the addition of Kris Miller (Mellow Grass), the final four continue to write, record, and tour new material. They’re focusing on new songs and videos dropping in the very near future.”
Jimmy Whispers
Jimmy Whispers
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com