Archer Prewitt’s recommendation: “I was tempted to break it to you all about the Chicago soul genius that was Curtis Mayfield, but I have to assume that you already have a good deal of his remarkable output. No, I’m going to have to go for a living Chicago genius right now. Liam Hayes. He is Plush. And I cannot recommend enough his first full-length record, More You Becomes You. This is his voice and piano with a touch of French horn, and it is a thing of beauty. Recorded by Steve Albini, Konrad Strauss and Bob Weston in 1998, at a few different locations – it clocks in at under a half hour. A real stunner. It slows your heart. Intoxicating. The coloration of these timeless melodies could only be realized and brought to life by this strange man out of time. He deeply feels this music. This record is a gift. I’ve always been drawn to and fascinated by albums that are thematically consistent: Birkin’s/Gainbourg’s Di Doo Dah, Drake’s Pink Moon, Gaye’s What’s Going On, Davies’ Instinct, Evans’ Moonbeams, Sinatra’s In The Wee Small Hours, Morrison’s Veedon Fleece, Mitchell’s For The Roses, Wilson’s Pet Sounds, Mayfield’s There’s No Place Like America Today, and the list goes on. This is not to say that Hayes’ other records aren’t perfect as well. They are – full of rich ideas and crystal-clear orchestrations that shift restlessly. Ambitious and disarmingly intimate. You can feel the struggle of their necessary birth! But, I have to say, this is the one that consistently moves me. A genuine classic, dammit!”
About our guest author, Archer Prewitt: Where to start when talking about Archer Prewitt? Before you even talk about his music career, you can rave about his other artistic outlet, his Sof Boy comic book which is quite the rage in Japan. Archer’s art work has also been published in McSweeney’s comic collection and in Chicago Quarterly. But let’s talk music, shall we? Those familiar with the Chicago indie scene may remember Archer as a co-founder of The Coctails. Archer has since released a bunch of albums and an EP as a solo artist, but he is also a member of the jazz-pop-rock-Brazllian-electronic supergroup, The Sea and Cake. The band wrapped opening for Broken Social Scene in 2010 and released their ninth album, The Moonlight Butterfly in 2011. The band is already hard at work on their next album which is expected to be released by early 2012. Follow news about the band here.