Title - 'The King Of Endicott'
Artist - Gary Wilson
For those not in the know, Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me; after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts!
That said, he slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.
And active is what he truly is once again for following hot on the footsteps of brilliant albums such as Alone With Gary Wilson (2015), It's Friday Night with Gary Wilson (2016), It's Christmas Time with Gary Wilson (2016), and Let's Go to Outer Space (2017), Cleopatra Records now brings us his brand new album, The King of Endicott (out now!)
Admittedly not containing as many of his known go-to's for musical wonderment ie: experimental sounds, avant garde grooves, and demented love songs, Endicott still manages to embrace all the alt-funk classic vibes that one would hope for.
1. 'The King of Endicott (Intro)'
2. 'The Town of a Thousand Lights'
3. 'The Lonely Park'
4. 'Walking in the Rain Tonight'
5. 'I Think I'm Falling in Love'
6. 'The King of Endicott'
7. 'I Don't Want to Be Alone'
8. 'Lugene Lived in Johnson City'
9. 'I Dream of My Secret Girl'
10. 'Midnight in Endicott'
11. 'A Perfect Day in Endicott'
12. 'Mary Walked Away'
13. 'Another Dimension'
14. 'It's Summer Time'
15. 'Hail to the King'
One thing you will quickly become aware of listening to this, and most all his other releases, is that Gary Wilson was always completely ahead of his time!
A familiar mix of Zappa, ? & the Mysterians, Barry White, Steely Dan, and one could even say '70s porn soundtracks, the mindscape of an alienated, small town adolescent with, perhaps, creepy borderline-stalker fantasies, nevertheless, Gary's music has always hit the mark for his fans worldwide.
Here on the self-proclaimed Legend of Weirdo's new bedroom rock album, Gary makes yet another triumphant return to music: this time whilst also embracing his very own hometown of Endicott, NY.
Kicking things off with the one minute intro 'The King of Endicott,' that's backed by the joyous bounce pop fun of 'The Town Of A Thousand Lights' (a cut that has instantly become one of my personal favorites).
Endicott, also the birthplace of otherworldly geniuses including Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling (hence the nod to the show in that last song) and the IBM corporation, features heavily in the album's lyrics, as you would well imagine.
Gary's funky psychedelic trip through his past continues onward with the hipsway of 'The Lonely Park,' the gentler ballad 'Walking In The Rain Tonight,' and then the upbeat 'I Think I'm Falling In Love.'
The title track is yet another wondrous track and together with 'I Don't Want To Be Alone,' for me, much like the entire album, in truth showcases the fact that Gary's work is becoming more accessible to a wider audience.
Minus all his wild and wacky space adventure twists and twirls, and with the whole psych approach pretty much played down, Endicott is actually one of his most listenable albums to date.
Well, having said that, of course we get all of that in the next track, the wild and wacky .45 second 'Lugene Lived in Johnson City'! Then we're back on track with the pop bounce of 'I Dream Of My Secret Girl,' which is followed brilliantly by both the finger-snappin' duo of 'Midnight In Endicott' and 'A Perfect Day in Endicott.'
The R&B organ vibe of 'Mary Walked Away' is yet another stand out cut and is backed by one last special synth trip in the form of the aptly-entitled 'Another Dimension.'
The album then rounds out with the sunny synth rays of 'It's Summer Time,' with the minute long 'Hail To The King' perfectly bringing this quite stunning nod to his beloved hometown to a close.
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