Sylvie Lewis was a revelation to me when I first her heard music; her mix of singer-songwriterly lyrics, jazzlike vocals and cream of the crop session musicians created a dazzling debut that I keep returning to. Tom Brosseau is her male counterpart. The similarities are striking. Both artists based in LA, both extremely independent and literate and both mining the very productive singer songwriter vein. On Tom’s new disc he enlists (although that’s not the right word as it sounds like they all just hung out in the studio) Jon Brion, Sam Jones, Benmont Trench and Sara Watkins to fill out his sound.
Like Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, The Eels, Garrison Starr) Tom is a fixture of the famous LA nightclub Largo. He performs there regularly and is known to stop in and sit it on Jon Brion’s late night Friday residence. I’ve never heard Tom before this record, his third, but I’m amazed…flabbegasted really. His high-pitched, falsetto voice and laid back music on what I meant to say is goodbye sounds like it was recorded during another era yet thouroughly modern at the same time. Here’s a couple from that record, don’t wait..get it from Loveless Records now here.
West Of Town
P.S. The bassist Tom uses here also plays live with the band The Ditty Bops. This group is fronted by two beautiful and theatrical women. Their blend of hot jazz, swing and caberet is intoxicating. Kop E Kat has a link to the video to their song “Wishful Thinking” here.
Lane commented that Tom Brosseau has a side project band called Les Shelley’s. Here’s the song lane called – Rum and Coca Cola. It’s got a nice caribean beat with a fairly caustic message…