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Album Review

A new millennium New Dylan long before Jake Bugg came along and stole the crown, Pete Molinari always made hay of the comparisons to the Bard and Woody Guthrie, but unlike so many other latter-day troubadours, he also had an ear for good-sounding records. He worked with Billy Childish at the dawn of his career, but even that flirtation with garage rock offers little preparation for the colorfulness of Theosophy, his fourth album. Working with producer Liam Watson, along with mixer/producer Tchad Blake and Andrew Weatherall, and finding space for a cameo from Black Key Dan Auerbach, Molinari pushes his music into the swirling head space of the psychedelic '60s, spending as much time reveling in the dimensions of sound as in the wonder of words. This unexpected emphasis on sonics makes Theosophy grabbing in a way Bugg's cod-Dylanisms are not, but the groovy thing about this record is that its bones are as well-constructed as the production. Molinari's songwriting is exceptionally tight, so all the flourishes — some borrowed from the swinging London of 1966, some borrowed from U.S. garage rock, a lot of ringing guitars coming out of Los Angeles — winds up accentuating, not distracting. It's a nifty record: a double-edged throwback, evoking the singer/songwriters of the '60s but sounding like a different part of that decade, which is why its retro-ism winds up as invigorating.

Customer Reviews

well done 60's style....

amazing production and great bland between modern sonic and the authentic 60's feel, a unique voice with tastefully bluseish song writing.


Pete is amazing. I’ve listened to his previous albums, and fell in love. I’ve been waiting for this new CD and happy to say that it blows me away. Beautiful songs with so much depth and yet so refreshing. Pete is good for the soul.

Well done Molinari!

Pete conveys an incredible sound and a real quality in this album. I’m a fan of the blues and Pete definitely posses his own unique guitar style. I hope he collaborates with Gary Clark Jr. down the road.


Born: Chatham, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

A British singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Pete Molinari draws on the ghosts of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Phil Ochs and the spirit of the great folk revival of the 1960s for his inspiration, and by looking to and drawing on this musical past, he manages to channel it into a fresh and still reverent contemporary sound. Born into a large Maltese/Italian/Egyptian family in Chatham, Kent, Molinari fell early under the spell of his older brothers' record collections, and grew up fascinated by the...
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