words by tom johnson
Everything about Dick Stusso and, primarily, his newly announced second album, feels richly antiquated; from that moniker, a weird take of his actual name of Nic Russo, to the album cover (above) and the music itself, which is led today by the intriguing first single from March’s In Heaven LP – and ‘Modern Music’ is streaming below for you via an inspired new lyric video.
Dense, dimly-lit guitar-pop there are hints of Alex Cameron both in the chugging nature of the composition and the almost caricature-like poise of his character, which unveils a little more of itself with each passing listen. Supposedly informed by his passage in to mid-thirties existential flailing, ‘Modern Music’ certainly makes good on such premonitions, underpinned by various emotive lyricisms that belie the somewhat playful nature of the recording: “I’m a modern guy, moving in to darkness in to full speed”; “Nobody wants to look at the dark, and I don’t blame them”.
Captivating from a both a musical stand-point as a deeper character study of someone wilting under the weight of ageing, Modern Music is a bold first-step from what promises to be a wonderfully idiosyncratic new album. Check out the video below right now, and pre-order the record, via Hardly Art, right here.
‘In Heaven’ is released on March 2nd, you can pre-order it here
02.22.18 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord
03.08.18 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
03.10.18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
03.18.18 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
03.21.18 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Festival
03.22.18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
03.28.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge