12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dent May has proven to be far more diverse than anyone might have imagined when he released his ukulele-based songs at the onset of his career. His transformation into dance-floor king Dent Sweat proved he had a versatility that meant he could do anything he dreamt up. And May dreams aplenty. Warm Blanket cruises through a variety of genres, sounding so perfect on “Born Too Late”—a song that uses disco grooves, late-'60s pop melodies, and ‘70s-styled soft rock—that it feels as if Dent May isn’t a single individual but a variety of talents meeting somewhere on the sly. Yet, that’s May creating another soft rock gem with the synth-led Beach Boys–like “Yazoo.” Looking for insight into his warped, creative mind, the acoustic-based “I’m Ready to Be Old” paints May as a dedicated Brian Wilson-Van Dyke Parks-Harry Nilsson disciple who finds his own voice within this elusive style. To further expand the palette, May finishes off with the pedal steel–heavy “Summer Is Over,” where he avoids all country-western clichés to create his own brand of pop music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dent May has proven to be far more diverse than anyone might have imagined when he released his ukulele-based songs at the onset of his career. His transformation into dance-floor king Dent Sweat proved he had a versatility that meant he could do anything he dreamt up. And May dreams aplenty. Warm Blanket cruises through a variety of genres, sounding so perfect on “Born Too Late”—a song that uses disco grooves, late-'60s pop melodies, and ‘70s-styled soft rock—that it feels as if Dent May isn’t a single individual but a variety of talents meeting somewhere on the sly. Yet, that’s May creating another soft rock gem with the synth-led Beach Boys–like “Yazoo.” Looking for insight into his warped, creative mind, the acoustic-based “I’m Ready to Be Old” paints May as a dedicated Brian Wilson-Van Dyke Parks-Harry Nilsson disciple who finds his own voice within this elusive style. To further expand the palette, May finishes off with the pedal steel–heavy “Summer Is Over,” where he avoids all country-western clichés to create his own brand of pop music.

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About Dent May

Mississippi-based singer/songwriter and ukulele aficionado Dent May crafts elegant and whimsical pop tunes in the vein of Jens Lekman and Magnetic Fields, with a dash of Serge Gainsbourg and Jonathan Richman thrown in for good measure. In 2008 May inked a deal with the Animal Collective-founded Paw Tracks imprint, culminating in the release of The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele the following year. May soon turned to creating dance music under the name Dent Sweat, releasing a couple of synth-filled, R&B-inspired songs to the Internet. His next album, 2012's Do Things, incorporated some of these elements into his sound, which was now completely devoid of ukulele. The sessions for his next record found May moving out of his home studio and recording by himself in an allegedly haunted house in St. Augustine. Less dance music-inspired and more introspective, 2013's Warm Blanket spotlights May's increasingly impressive songwriting skills. May moved to Los Angeles after the album's release and began to absorb the sunny sounds of the West Coast, which was apparent on his disco-informed "Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love" single from 2016. Along with switching his home address, May also traded labels, moving from Paw Tracks to Carpark in time for the release of his 2017 album, Across the Multiverse. ~ James Christopher Monger

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Jackson, MS

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