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Having spent a large chunk of the 1990s as part of the Loved Ones and, later, the Kinetics, Bart Davenport struck out on his own in the early 2000s, drawing from any number of soft rock, classic rock, and singer/songwriter influences (Thin Lizzy, Al Stewart, and James Taylor, just to name a few) in formulating his silky-smooth, eminently laid-back indie pop tunes. His self-titled debut album was released on Antenna Farm Records in 2002, and he released two more albums on that label (Game Preserve and Maroon Cocoon) over the course of the next three years. All three albums showcased Davenport's velvety vocal prowess and a loungey, retro vibe that nodded to Call & Response, the Bees, and (in his folkier moments) the Kings of Convenience. Davenport took a break from his solo work following the release of Maroon Cocoon in order to focus on Honeycut, who enjoyed a modicum of mainstream success when one of their tunes was featured in a 2007 Apple iMac ad. It wasn't long, however, before Davenport resumed working on his solo material; his fourth studio album, Palaces, hit stores in 2008. After taking it easy for a bit, Davenport burst forth with albums released between the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011: an album of covers for Tapete titled Searching for Bart Davenport; another Honeycut album, Comedians; and one titled With All Due Respect by his new side project, the Incarnations. In 2012, he hooked up with producer Sam Flax to record the "Someone2Dance" single, which found him dipping his toe into the world of dance music. Back on more familiar ground, after moving to L.A. in 2012 he and his friend bassist Jessica Espeleta put together a new band and recorded his fifth solo album. Physical World was issued by Lovemonk and Burger in early 2014. ~ Margaret Reges