Swamp Dogg

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★★★★ Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune JOY­FUL NOISE. CD/DL/LP Timely re­boot of ’70s psych funk pooch by Poliça and Bon Iver!

Circa 1970, Lit­tle Jerry Williams was “an R&B sec­ond ba­nana”, un­paid for umpteen mi­nor soul hits cut as artist/writer/pro­ducer around Alabama and Ge­or­gia. So, he rein­vented him­self as Swamp Dogg, a politi­cized pseudo ca­nine al­ter-ego which ex­cused his gonzoid lyri­cal in­dis­cre­tions, but failed to woo mass au­di­ences, à la Ge­orge Clin­ton, leav­ing him a freak funk out­sider. He’s re­leased odd­ball al­bums through­out his ca­reer, but his lat­est has a cu­ri­ous cur­rency, as Williams’s self-recorded tracks were post-pro­duced re­motely by Ryan Ol­son from Poliça, lib­er­ally de­ploy­ing the epony­mous vo­cal pro­ces­sor, so ubiq­ui­tous in con­tem­po­rary pop. An­swer Me, My Love sees a rou­tine gospel-soul torch bal­lad sub­jected to macabre trom­bone riff­ing and vo­cal dis­tor­tion, while Bon Iver’s Justin Ver­non over­lays un­pre­dictable synth blasts on I’ll Pre­tend. Over­all, Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune is a de­viant mas­ter­piece, which, to quote hi­lar­i­ous line-crosser Sex With Your Ex, “will stop you from feelin’ crappy”.

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