Latest release: Comic Wow’s “Music for Mysteries of Mind Space and Time” (Asthmatic Kitty’s Library Catalog Music Series, out Oct. 26)
Who: As Feathers, Miami's Eddie Alonso, Eric Rasco and Matt Crum make space-age bachelor pad music for the post-rock crowd. (They also, judging from their gear-fetish publicity photo, like to emulate the cool anonymity of the studio wizards behind those classic '60s bachelor-pad sounds.) As Comic Wow, they do pretty much the same thing, but with even more mind-expanding results, aided and abetted by a stable of ace Chicago session musicians, including John McEntire of Tortoise and the Sea and Cake. “Music for Mysteries” is part of indie stalwart Asthmatic Kitty’s “Library Catalog” series of instrumental albums.
What they’re saying: “Packed with unexpected twists and turns.” – Textura
What we’re saying: Comic Wow’s springy bass lines and vintage keyboards at times sound like they’re straight out a British spy thriller soundtrack from 1967. But just when you think you’ve got Alonso and co. pegged, they bust a Todd Rundgren-esque slice of breezy AM radio psych-pop (“Jazz Computer”) or a Giorgio Moroder disco-synth pulse (“Miami Song Tennis 2”). Rarely does anyone make retro-inspired music sound this futuristic. – Andy Hermann
Official website: http://asthmatickitty.com/music.php?releaseID=1120
Listen: “Comic Wow - Jazz Computer”