CHILLY GON­ZA­LES

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Pres­i­den­tial Suite (KITTY-YO, 2002) In peak vaudevil­lian elec­tro-rap Berlin hip­ster vil­lain mode, on Pres­i­den­tial Suite Gon­za­les is self-as­sured enough to boast he’s swagged-out with an ex­tra tes­ti­cle while draw­ing a line in the sand be­tween his new life and the com­pro­mises he made in the early days as Son: “I’m gonna per­se­cute all mu­si­cal pros­ti­tutes / I know a ton of ’em / Plus I used to be one of ’em / So now I make fun of ’em.”

Solo Pi­ano

(NO FOR­MAT!, 2004) Many credit

Solo Pi­ano for re­veal­ing the mu­si­cian be­hind the mad­ness, but these in­stru­men­tals didn’t just lift the cur­tain on the soft touch guid­ing a heavy-handed pop per­former — it smug­gled pop mu­sic into the con­ser­va­tory.

Ivory Tower (ARTS & CRAFTS, 2010) The al­bum that steered the ac­tion of a semi-bi­o­graph­i­cal fea­ture-length chess com­edy that pre­ceded it, Ivory Tower is as much a de­fen­sive open­ing and an art­ful check­mate that sets up its sub­jects’ de­fenses and ex­poses their weak­nesses with care­fully bal­anced tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion and ab­sur­dist lyri­cal ex­pres­sion­ism.

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