Band of the Day

2014.03.29

Renny Wilson

Come aboard a funky cruise ship of feel-good pop that'll set a course for romance
See the sunrise and fall back down again, it's just enough time in between you, fog and life.
lyrics from By and By

After almost a decade of struggle, strain, and delay, the debut record from Edmontonian Renny Wilson has now seen the light. His first ever release Sugarglider draws blood from disco keystones such as Bad Girls, and the spirit of Arthur Russell. Common elements of chillwave, krautrock, and a healthy dose of Haunted Graffiti can also be heard in a bold, tempo-matched digital-delay. Sugarglider starts out by taking you on a saxed-out, psychedelic, electric-bass powered dance party, riddled with the sounds of late 1980′s FM Synths, 12 bit horns, and regret.

The soul-plane flies high, low, and then back up again before it fizzles away into a motorik-opera. Only to slap back with deep, white-boy funk, cosmic pulsar-pop, and sampled-string schmaltz. The contrast of upbeat music and melancholy lyrical content provide a tasty combination for any groove-oriented listener. Tap this valiant freshman effort into your varicose, and you’ll find yourself crying vaseline tears of self-pity on the dance floor.

To give you a little more insight, Renny once described his musical being as “A film starring Hall & Oates set on a cruise ship with Donna Summer playing the woman of interest. Competition for her love nearly tears them apart, but they soon find out she and her accomplice, played by Paul McCartney, are plotting to sink the ship! Also, Al Green is the ship’s resident crooner.” We’re just going to say that Sugarglider is our go-to party record these days and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.