What can one say about Edmonton artist Renny Wilson‘s Sugarglider that hasn’t already been said in the past month or two? A highlight, from VICE (WARNING: Link language NSFW): “Despite his somewhat dorky looks, I have a feeling Renny could get a girl wetter than Prince can.” Well, VICE, one listen to the occasionally falsetto vocals, that cool bass-line swagger, and that smooth saxophone in opening track “By and By” will tell you that. Nicely said.
The FADER counters with something a bit more appropriate and descriptive:
Itâ€™s lush and pretty, and more importantly: soft. Not in a bad way, though. Itâ€™s more that it feels blurred at the edges, existing in a constant half-sleep state of near bliss.
Wilson’s songs are all like this, too. And they meld together in a near-constant, relaxing manner that blends psychedelic pop with 80s-influenced synth-pop, electronic and digital with funky dance-pop. It begins subtly with a soft saxophone that crescendoes into the sax-meets-sexy-beat of opener “By And By” (listen below), backed by Wilson’s sensual, dreamy vocals. This song sets the tone for Sugarglider.
Cool, sexy saxophone-laden pop music. (Yeah, this is the kind of music I envisioned making as a youthful pre-teen to woo the ladies back in the early 90s when I first picked up the instrumentâ€¦ that never happened.) At its core, in my mind, it would seem that what Renny Wilson has achieved with Sugarglider is the epitome of what Ron Swanson’s alter-ego Duke Silver should have created.
Listen to “Nobody” and you’ll understand.
Sugarglider is out now on Mint Records. Renny Wilson will be hitting the Northwest – including Bellingham – in April and early May. Check below for the tour dates:
04.22.13: Victoria, BC @ The Copper Owl
04.23.13: Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
04.25.13: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
04.27.13: Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir
04.30.13: Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
05.01.13: Bellingham, WA @ Cabin Tavern
05.19.13: Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar