Thundercat // Drunk

Categories:  Music    Music Reviews
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Thundercat // Drunk by Matt Swanseger

Thundercat

Drunk

Brainfeeder 

4.5/5 stars

Once again bass virtuoso Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) swerves and veers over stylistic lane lines, and once again it is the listener who stands the greater chance of being arrested. Eclectic and beautiful (if sporadic), Bruner’s third album jumps from Zappa-esque quirkiness (“Captain Stupido”) to daydreamy pop (“Bus In The Streets”) to spaced-out arcade lounge (“Tokyo”) with apparent ease. The record unfolds in the stream-of-consciousness fashion of someone freshly buzzed, introducing a host of musical ideas that aren’t always fully fleshed out, characteristic of vignettes more than songs. Nonetheless, the sci-fi inflected electro-funk of “Friend Zone” and the heavily-under-the-Isley-Brothers-influence “Them Changes” make for great singles candidates. Of course, it’s not a party unless Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald show up halfway through (“Show You The Way”). Tying it all together, though, is the tandem of Thundercat’s six-string bass and multilayered vocal harmonies, brilliantly expressive and effective without much need for embellishment (“Lava Lamp”). Fans of broad-minded R&B are highly encouraged to take Drunk for a drive.
– Matt Swanseger

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 9
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Erie’s leaders have an opportunity to shape the conversation, and thereby bring about real change. 

Eight innovative companies influencing our region

Local refugees and immigrants show a true entrepreneurial spirit.

Back-to-back shows at Basement Transmissions showcase two modern giants of metal  

Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors are bringing their light to the Kings Rook Club on Saturday, May 6.

IN THIS ISSUE

Eight innovative companies influencing our region

Local refugees and immigrants show a true entrepreneurial spirit.

Back-to-back shows at Basement Transmissions showcase two modern giants of metal  

Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors are bringing their light to the Kings Rook Club on Saturday, May 6.

AInterplanetary Class Classics sets modest goals and accomplishes every last one of them.

Business advice from a few of our past honorees 

Erie’s urban farming initiative up for final vetting at May 3rd public hearing

 

Booking a Show

Scotty’s Martini Lounge brings two of the region’s O.G. punk bands to Erie for their “Seis de Mayo” party.

Steve Scull will serve as moderator for the Erie Mayoral Debate on Thursday, May 4.