Lord Newborn And The Magic Skulls – Lord Newborn And The Magic Skulls
Coming across as a 21st century update to funky, swanky bachelor pad music, Lord Newborn And The Magic Skulls is the combined forces of west coast studio elites. With the fourth Beastie Boy, Money Mark, anchoring this two-week session at his home studio, skater-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero riffs out his best languid grooves with multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee injecting his gifted composition of funky breaks. This mostly instrumental affair captures the loose, laid back vibe of a summertime garage band jam out, with the emphasis on Coronas, and not contracts. As Lord Newborn, they have unshackled freedom to dive into Santana-era guitar and conga psych-rock (“L.I.V.E”), dip into acid tinged, spaced-out sitar funk (“Crazy Apartment) and the mellow out with dreamy west coast cool (“Rainy Day Dog”). Like the reassembled soul of early Beck albums, Lord Newborn is as playful weird as it is slackly congenial.
Listen To: Lord Newborn – Escape From Prism