12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonathan Rado is one prodigious guy, with a chameleonic skill that he seems to put to good use with his other gig—one half of the duo Foxygen—though apparently that's not enough of an outlet for him. Here, the breadth and depth of his love for vintage sounds is expressed with a sharp ear for detail. Booker T & The MGs–style soul (“Dance Away Your Ego” ), psychedelia filtered through The Brian Jonestown Massacre (“Seven Horses”), amatory and laid-back dueting à la Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra (“Hand in Mine”), and Kinks-esque Britpop (“Faces”) are a few of the touchstones here. Honestly, it’s an embarrassment of riches, and Law and Order covers a lot of territory for a decent primer on sounds of the '60s. “Oh! Suzanna!” is a golden, shimmery number with acoustic strumming and strings, with Rado’s unique voice (to his credit, he doesn’t actually sound like any of his musical heroes) hitting all the right melancholy places. And, just because he can, Rado messes with us on bad-trip numbers like “Looking 4a Girl Like U” and a bizarre nod to the ‘80s on “Pot of Gold.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jonathan Rado is one prodigious guy, with a chameleonic skill that he seems to put to good use with his other gig—one half of the duo Foxygen—though apparently that's not enough of an outlet for him. Here, the breadth and depth of his love for vintage sounds is expressed with a sharp ear for detail. Booker T & The MGs–style soul (“Dance Away Your Ego” ), psychedelia filtered through The Brian Jonestown Massacre (“Seven Horses”), amatory and laid-back dueting à la Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra (“Hand in Mine”), and Kinks-esque Britpop (“Faces”) are a few of the touchstones here. Honestly, it’s an embarrassment of riches, and Law and Order covers a lot of territory for a decent primer on sounds of the '60s. “Oh! Suzanna!” is a golden, shimmery number with acoustic strumming and strings, with Rado’s unique voice (to his credit, he doesn’t actually sound like any of his musical heroes) hitting all the right melancholy places. And, just because he can, Rado messes with us on bad-trip numbers like “Looking 4a Girl Like U” and a bizarre nod to the ‘80s on “Pot of Gold.”

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About Jonathan Rado

California native Jonathan Rado began the '60s pop-borrowing indie duo Foxygen with his friend Sam France while the two were still teenagers. When Foxygen got around to releasing albums on a more worldwide level in the early 2010s, their acclaim and press profile grew exponentially. After a particularly draining Foxygen tour that spanned 2012 and 2013, Rado announced he would be releasing a solo album, though his main gig was not breaking up. Said album, Law and Order, was released on the Woodsist label in late 2013 and bore many of the same Brill Building, British Invasion, and late-'60s pop reference points as Rado's songs for Foxygen. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    California

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