This Friday Don Giovanni will be dropping Bad Wiring, the latest album from Jeffrey Lewis & the Voltage…but before we get there we get to hear one final single. This tune might be the most fun of the tracks we’ve heard, which, while he’s known for his literary witticism, I’ve always enjoyed the poppier side of his writing. For me, just take one listen to the chorus here, jammed in between these tight little bouncing jangles that make up the verses; in his own words, “it’s so awesome.” If you were looking for a sonic replacement for the Thermals, try this one out; Jeffrey’s only gotten a little fuzzier and we’re all the better for it.
Admittedly, the first twenty seconds of this tune had me scared; definitely tested my adoration for Jeffrey Lewis…so just hold on. Once the track kicks in, you get a steady dose of Lewis’ distinctive delivery working over these catchy riffs and precision drum stomps. I can’t help but compare Jeffrey to John Darnielle, but here there’s definitely an affinity for pop moments that shines through Lewis’ style, which is why I’ve always found a soft spot for his music in my own collection. Catchy and unique, as if you needed anything else. Bad Wiring is out November 1st on Don Giovanni Records.
There aren’t a whole lot of artists that I think are universally revered, but I know that Jeffrey Lewis has long been one such musician, at least in the circles I run about. He’s a wordsmith at heart with this dry sense of self-deprecating (for mankind) humor, with some similarities to the likes of John Darnielle mentioned often. His new album will be handled under the name of Jeffrey Lewis & the Voltage; the Voltage seems apt as there’s definitely some sonic oomph added to this first single; Lewis’ role is much as it’s always been, all the way down to his deliver, but that energetic blast is an interesting twist…or at least one I never noticed before for some reason. Lewis has found himself a US home for the release of Bad Wiring, dropping on November 1st via Don Giovanni.