11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Put on your Sunday finest and party like it’s Saturday night,” croons country star Zac Brown on the opening track from the debut album of his pop spinoff Sir Rosevelt. The lyric perfectly captures their sound—a wildly inventive vision of Southern pop that’s inspired by EDM, rooted in country, and produced by Timbaland and Pharrell. While that might sound like a frat boy’s dream come true, Brown, Niko Moon, and Ben Simonetti bring impressive precision (and pointed self-awareness) to this unlikely fusion, making the finished product feel exhilarating and surreal. They even pause to wink at themselves on “Robert Baker,” an absurdist banger with dancehall drums that pokes fun at the club scene.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Put on your Sunday finest and party like it’s Saturday night,” croons country star Zac Brown on the opening track from the debut album of his pop spinoff Sir Rosevelt. The lyric perfectly captures their sound—a wildly inventive vision of Southern pop that’s inspired by EDM, rooted in country, and produced by Timbaland and Pharrell. While that might sound like a frat boy’s dream come true, Brown, Niko Moon, and Ben Simonetti bring impressive precision (and pointed self-awareness) to this unlikely fusion, making the finished product feel exhilarating and surreal. They even pause to wink at themselves on “Robert Baker,” an absurdist banger with dancehall drums that pokes fun at the club scene.

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About Sir Rosevelt

Sir Rosevelt is the dance-pop side project of jam-friendly country singer/songwriter Zac Brown. He came up with the idea of indulging in his EDM and pop infatuations while recording Zac Brown Band's 2015 album, Jekyll + Hyde, which was written largely with Niko Moon. Brown and Moon added Ben Simonetti, who did drum programming for just under half of Jekyll + Hyde, and started writing and recording horn-heavy, hooky dance music and developing a stage show to match. The trio unveiled Sir Rosevelt in September of 2016 with the release of the Pharrell Williams-produced single "Sunday Finest." A few bonus tracks -- "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," "For My Own," "Take Your Love Away" -- briefly appeared on the band's official Twitter account before being pulled from the Internet. A couple of remixes of "Sunday Finest" followed in 2017 as the group prepared a full-length record. That eponymous debut contained all of the previously released promotional singles and arrived in December 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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