DENT MAY plays Monday (July 16) at Parts & Labour. See listing. Rating: NNN
As far as descriptive album titles go, Dent May's last, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May And His Magnificent Ukulele, pretty much says everything you need to know. For his follow-up, the Oxford, Mississippi, native drops his magnificent uke but doubles down on the good-feeling music.
Replacing his former instrumentation with synths, drum machines and a serious disco vibe, May delivers an album full of breezy melodies, sticky hooks and sunny sentiment. There's also an obvious Beach Boys influence (not a huge stretch for a band on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks imprint label), but the multi-tracked harmonies (sung entirely by May) are a lot more palatable than the label's more avant-garde acts.
But while Do Things is "easy" music, music that sounds great on a boat in the sun or accompanying front-porch Coronas, it's not likely to stick with you after a listen or two.
Top track: Fun