Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

I have just stumbled across this chap and first impressions are favourable. His debut self-titled solo album was released in the autumn on NY based Say Hey records - and was produced by Chris Taylor of fellow Brooklyn alt-folk-noiseniks, Grizzly Bear. His credentials as an uber qualified american singer-songwriter seem to be all well and accounted for: unorthodox upbringing on the road with his gigging comedian father, trail of unsuccessful bands, drug abuse followed by sleeping rough in Coney Island - check check check and check!

Now aged twenty five, he certainly punches his weight lyrically with narratives dripping with the dirt, grime, depravity and death of the city; "I ain't done a damn thing right, But oh, I'll try, before I die - How 'bout tonight" on "Buriedfed", the single and opening track of the album sets the tone. Somehow you get the impression that there is a lot riding, personally, on the success of MBAR's music career - which makes for compelling listening.

www.youtube.com/buriedfed - video

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