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The Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird


Artist: Kelley Stoltz
Label: Stroll On
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 30 October 2015

San Francisco DIY pop king Kelley Stoltz's latest album sees him hiding behind the moniker of Willie Weird. Weird is the operative word, as Stoltz lets his freak flag fly and indulges in all sorts of kookoo ideas and production techniques...

You can say what you want about Kelley Stoltz, but you can't say that he's not afraid to experiment musically and try new things. The Scuzzy Inputs of Willie Weird is a little like Marmite. You're either going to love it or hate it. Personally, I really enjoyed the surreal trip Stoltz takes us on.

I don't really know what the strange voice manipulation thing is all about and to be honest I don't really care. This is a rather bizarre, quirky album like nothing you'll have heard before. For that alone this needs as much public exposure as possible.

The album contains 13 tracks (39 min, 10 sec) of tongue firmly in cheek songs which, if you replace the odd electronic voice, would have sounded like a normal pop album.

If you don't enjoy 'Garbage' then there's something wrong with your sense of humour. Stoltz introduces vocals that sound like the singer is using a medical electrolarynx, while the lyrics point out that everything is garbage.

There are trippy instrumental tracks like 'Goodbye Porcupine Hat' and 'The Quacks'. For some reason, 'I Don't Care What The Worlds Up To'' reminded me of the theme to '80s kids show Orm and Cheep.

It won't be everyone's taste, but if you approach this with an open mind you'll find it a lot of fun.


Nick Smithson

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