Dent May

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HHHH Across The Mul­ti­verse CARPARK. CD/DL/LP Fourth al­bum hones that de­cep­tively sim­ple charm. Ec­cen­tric Mis­sis­sippi boy Dent May said he’d never move to LA. A self-de­scribed “ho­tel bar lounge singer”, he was do­ing fine, turn­ing out a string of up­beat synth-pop al­bums with a sor­row­ing heart at their core. Then, of course, he moved to LA – and un­leashed a rush of cre­ativ­ity. Com­pared to Brian Wil­son for his clean, heav­enly har­monies, May’s lyrics have been crit­i­cised as sac­cha­rine and lack­ing plot. This misses the point; there’s a Stephin Mer­ritt touch to th­ese ten­der, lit­er­ate words, a de­fi­ant in­sou­ciance in the face of ad­ver­sity. Hello Cruel World ac­cen­tu­ates the pos­i­tive with a 10cc riot of synth, bois­ter­ous pi­ano and May’s falsetto, break­ing with emo­tion. 90210 is vin­tage lounge, swoony and kitsch; and Face Down In The Gut­ter Of Your Love is peer­less, cruis­ing a sunny free­way of ex­quis­ite pain. May can be schmaltzy, yes; but also nee­dle-sharp. Glyn Brown

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