“The Fraudulent Singer” opens the recent Colossal Yes LP Charlemagne’s Big Thaw and it begins with a monumental scream. Folk-y piano and a pop-filled fuzzy guitar enter, all fronted by folk-pop vocals. The song is ripe with hooks: be them the catchy piano tinkering, the wild guitar riffs, or the old-time country-ish vocals.
The vocalist is known — you’d know Utrillo Kushner as the drummer for Comets On Fire — but here he sets aside the sticks for the keys and a microphone. The vocals hint of southern rock circa the 70s, but it’s obvious that this music comes from today. “The Fraudulent Singer” is edgy and modern, and it’s the perfect opening to Charlemagne’s Big Thaw.
Charlemagne’s Big Thaw is out now on Ba Da Bing Records.