Paw Tracks PAW42 CD/LP/Digital
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Warm Blanket is the third album from Mississippi songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Dent May. Recorded in solitude in a reportedly haunted Victorian house by the bay in St. Augustine, Florida, the album arrives just barely a year after the release of his previous LP Do Things.
Dent's most ambitious undertaking yet, Warm Blanket is another kaleidoscopic odyssey through the restless musical mind of a DIY pop auteur. He played almost all of the instruments on the album, making use of the house's antique grand piano and recruiting Florida locals to fill in on horns, strings, and pedal steel guitar.
The result is an album of existential pop, psychedelic funk, and melancholy soul with soaring arrangements ripped from the pages of classic American songwriting. Lyrically, Dent investigates life's timeless mysteries, touching on youth, mortality, alienation, and unrequited love with startling honesty and humor.
A delightful mix of organic textures, analog synth squiggles, inventive vocal melodies, and sincere wordplay, Warm Blanket is a bold step forward for an artist who shows no signs of slowing down.
• Publicity by Force Field PR
• Non-Comm AAA and Modern Rock Specialty Radio Promotion by Distiller
• College Radio Promotion by Terrorbird
• Fall North American tour
• Music videos in the works
• Very special remixes
• Limited edition LP with clear/blue swirled vinyl and special poster
• Vinyl includes free digital download
North America: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Turn Up The Speakers
2 Let Them Talk
3 Born Too Late
5 Corner Piece
6 Do I Cross Your Mind?
7 It Takes A Long Time
8 I'm Ready To Be Old
10 Found A Friend
11 Summer Is Over
Release Date: August 27, 2013
LP upc: 677517104219
CD upc: 677517104226
digital upc: 677517104257
DENT MAY BIO
Dent May writes, performs, and produces homemade pop music from his home base in Mississippi. A stylistic chameleon, Dent's recordings echo folk, disco, R&B, psychedelia, country-western, soul, and funk sounds of the past, present, and future. Increasingly, his songwriting has taken a turn toward existential classicism, channeling the tuneful longings of Harry Nilsson and Brian Wilson at their dreamiest.
Dent grew up performing in school plays and church choirs in Jackson, Mississippi, where he began writing songs and putting bands together by age 13. After dropping out of NYU film school, he moved back to Oxford, Mississippi. There he met Animal Collective while they were recording Merriweather Post Pavilion, and he's been releasing music on their Paw Tracks imprint since 2009.
Dent recorded his third and latest album Warm Blanket alone in a rented Victorian home in St. Augustine, Florida during February of 2013. In contrast to the relentless optimism and upbeat thump of his previous LP Do Things, the new record is Dent's most emotionally and musically diverse collection yet. Warm Blanket presents melancholy balladry alongside funky psych-pop with adventurous arrangements showcasing horns, strings, and bubbling analog synths.
Alongside the release of Warm Blanket in late summer of 2013, Dent will be touring the world with the latest incarnation of his live band, a revolving cast of musicians recruited from the ranks of Cats Purring, the self-proclaimed "North Mississippi Infotainment Cult." He currently lives at their headquarters, the sprawling Cats Purring Dude Ranch, where infamous DIY shows take place and where Dent is already hard at work writing his next album.