The retro soul movement, lead by acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Breakestra, etc. has been in full effect for the last several years, and the best artists in the genre have been able to make music that compares favorably to the 60’s & 70’s tunes that inspired it. Michael Leonhart has roots in the same scene (his label Truth & Soul recently released Lee Field’s album to great acclaim), but, while his music features some similar touchstones, it’s hard to think of much vintage music (or any music, for that matter) that sounds quite like this. Applying the recording techniques behind chunky 7″ funk to sun drenched psychedelic pop and world music, Leonhart’s album The Seahorse & The Storyteller scratches the same itch as The Pretty Things, Baby Huey, or Paul McCartney’s Ram, w/out really sounding much like any of them. He’ll be coming by this week to talk about the record, and hopefully share some of his psychedelic favorites. You can check out “Jaipur” over at Rollo & Grady.
And for those in NYC, there will be a release party Wednesday May 5th at the Mercury Lounge, featuring a DJ set by Sean Lennon, and the Antibalas horns will be joining in for the Leonhart performance. Pretty sure to be a good time.