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Nicholas Krgovich – Who Cares? (12″ lp)

Released – 2013

 distributed by : Revolver USA (Worldwide)

This is the first release in years from songwriter/multi-instrumentalist NICHOLAS KRGOVICH and it is a strange one. When we last checked Krgovich was slinking around the floor to the icy, r&b-inflected sophisti-pop of NO KIDS, or masterminding the Phil Spector indebted girl group sing-a-longs of GIGI, or manning the keyboards and touring the world with MOUNT EERIE and NITE JEWEL. There’s also been the absence of a long finished, four-years-in-the-making magnum opus, a widescreen paean to Los Angeles, written before he was living there in a small house in South Pasadena. There’s also the music composed for hair commercials starring Beyoncé’s sister. So what do we have here? Who Cares? is a small, short record. Perhaps even a personal one. It’s a collection of truly bummed out and lonely-sounding songs, but they’re fashioned in such a quiet, composed and lovely way that they paradoxically end up being quite hopeful and tender. Laughter-through-the-tears in album form. Singing in a low, warm tenor and playing a guitar for the first time in ages, Krgovich presents a series of songs that are so spare and direct, they play out less like songs and more like little life events. The end result is a beautifully intimate and clear recording of songs that intertwine Sondheim lyricism, doo wop melodic turns, and barely-there instrumentation which creates its own inviting and idiosyncratic world that leaves much to turn over and explore.

LP comes with complimentary mp3 download. If you want to purchase wav. files you can get them from bandcamp.