Interested in the divide between the underground and the pop mainstream, Baron von Luxxury seeks that fine line dividing what is cool from what is deeply embarrassing. Dubbed the Post-Post-Synthpop King by the LA Weekly, Baron Von Luxury seeks to erase the lines between high and low art by merging elements of innovative dance music with the idiot immediacy of classic pop.
Whether it s remixing HEALTH one day and Hilary Duff the next; writing rapturously about Glass Candy and Enya on his blog DiscoWorkout.com; or referencing Pet Shop Boys and Steely Dan with equally respectful on his forthcoming album Women of a Certain Age , his solo debut taps into this classic Moroder-esque disco vibe as well as more modern electronic- influenced indie pop, evoking equal parts Twin Shadow and new Order, with nods to Sparks, Empire of the Sun, Matthew Dear, and YMO, as well as ELO. The album is bathed in dark beats with shimmering synths and his beloved 16th notes, at the end of the day, these are 10 pop songs, nearly all of them 3 and ½ minutes in length, and each possessing clever lyrics, a catchy chorus and sexy, hooky melodies for days.
For example Terry Richardson , a smooth disco funk number replete with popping bass guitar (a sounds rarely heard since the dark days of the 1990 s Chili Peppers) dares to invoke the unholy uncoolness of Gaucho era Steely Dan, updated for the Chromeo era. Alice Underground takes its name from the film his friend Theresa Duncan had written and was set to direct before her untimely suicide in the summer of 2007. Half the album stems from trying to sort out what happened with Theresa and Jeremy, who had been like a sister and brother to me. The other half is me reacting to my own, sad songs and trying to write something a little lighter. rosebud Was The Name of His Sled has just spoiled Citizen Kane for nay of you heathens who have yet to see the classis Orson Welles tour-de force. A slow burning disco funeral pyre evoking Washed Out as much as Sisters of Mercy, it s another tribute to Theresa and Jeremy, complete with a melancholy sax solo that would make Sergio proud.
In his day job as a published songwriter/producer under contract with Razor and Tie, BvL writes with and for aspiring chart toppers from Little Boots to Dr. Luke protégé (and California Gurls co-writer) Bonnie McKee. At night he runs the beloved blog DiscoWorkout.com and has done remixes for CSS, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, HEALTH, Glass Candy, Marianne Faithfull and many more. Somewhere in between his populist and elitist interest comes his own music, and therein along the aforementioned high/low art divide lies his debut solo album which will be out this summer on LA s Manimal Vinyl (Bat for Lashes, Warpaint).
Baron Von Luxxury
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