When his former band (Quien ‘Es Boom) didn’t quite pan out, songwriter and vocalist Dabney Dwelle decided it was time to make music without necessarily having a band around to do so. Dwelle had loads of unused tracks and demos at his disposal, a broken down Wurlitzer electric piano, and longtime friend Tim O’Neill (Rhythm of Black Lines) to partner with on his new project. This was the beginning of My Golden Calf, and the demos morphed into a debut album, Rituals To Make New (2011), itself a golden, quirky pop wonder with many intricate layers playing together.
There hasn’t been a new release since then, but Dwelle and his band’s current line up – bassist Jonathan Skaggs, keyboardist John Hale, and O’Neill on drums – spent most of 2014 writing music. The following year, it was time to hide away in Captain Douglas Studios to record ten new tracks. After mixing with Cacophony Recorders engineer Erik Wofford and mastering with Jason Ward (Chicago Mastering), Perfume Brute is ready for its Feb. 26th release date. More solid and irresistible dreamy pop, and its beauty lies in so many well-crafted details.
Get a preview of the awesomeness to come when you see My Golden Calf perform tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River, with headliner The Sour Notes, Royal Forest and Honey and Salt. Doors open at 8 p.m. Get there early to see all of them. So recommended.
-Photo by Courtney Chavanell.