Bosco Delrey: Everybody Wah 

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Poor Bosco. His unclassifiable debut album should be a game changer. The problem is that rock, indie, and otherwise, has seen no shortage of metamorphic players in the past decade. Broken Social Scene, My Morning Jacket, Beck, and Sufjan Stevens are all artists that have made seamlessly melding styles seem shopworn, but that doesn’t mean Bosco Delrey’s Everybody Wah isn’t a decadent piece of indie. On “Expelled Spelled Expelled,” Delrey evokes the alt-pop of Cake, but with larger atmospherics. His old-sounding upright piano pounds through jangly guitars and a funky bass, all doused in 10 tons of reverb. Delrey sings like the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft impersonating David Byrne. He delivers with a folksy, occasionally operatic cool, creating a quirkiness against his doo-wop piano in “Insta Love” or the ’60s-era synths on “Down We Go.” “All Are Souls The Same” recalls the Beatles’ time in India, while “Cool Out” features Delrey getting all Mick Jagger over a mammoth drum ’n’ bass loop. Then there’s the acoustic dance hall grunge of “Don Haps.” Nothing seems off limits to Delrey, a New Jersey resident on Diplo’s record label with remixes from the Beastie Boys in the works. More importantly, nothing seems beyond him.




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