It’s been three quarters of a decade since Austin songwriter Robin Mordecai shared his last EP Here Goes Something, but fortunately for us he’s finally got another album coming out this weekend. True to its title, Portraits features five succinct snapshots of fictional personalities anchored in ’70s/’80s-style pop rock, not unlike The Cars or Tom Petty. This lyrical gallery showcases Mordecai’s multi-instrumental mastery across drums, bass, keyboard, guitar and vocals, with additional polish from producer David Messier and Same-Sky Studio engineer Andre Catave.
Robin Mordecai plays 8PM tonight at Geraldine’s and 10PM at Saxon Pub on Tuesday the 26th so see him in person when you can. In the meantime, find your favorite character on Portraits and let these narratives spin with the record, beginning with album opener “Caroline”, co-written by Jeff Plankenhorn.