Having performed in The Caribbean since 2000 and with no pressing desire to go ‘solo’ or work outside that secure, familiar context, Washington Hebrew acts as both a leap and bridge for Kentoff. Inspired by his use of samples and loops for installations, remixes and soundtrack projects, Kentoff has employed these raw materials to craft new songs akin to the wonderfully skewed and melodic pop of The Caribbean, but with a magic all its own.
According to Michael:
I feel like this record was made on the lam. I was bored and oppressed at work, unhappy with everything but making and experiencing art. So I began to make this record when people thought I was doing something else. It was an escape from a number of joy-killers. I’ve obsessed over Chicago footwork, soundtracks, Dilla, and broken beats forever. I wanted to turn the entire operation over to that sort of lab work — take existing sound and music, sample it, chop it up, usually beyond recognition, and create this other-world Brill Building stuff out of the raw, pulpy swirl. Because I recorded this music mostly by myself, I was able to work on the nine songs making up Washington Hebrew in the studio, at coffee shops, at work, at my parents’ place in Florida. I think the process and claustrophobia of job-hating helps the record radiate an intimate, sneaky, and slightly indulgent glow while emphasizing the glitchy, danceable beats that make me look slightly disturbing while I mixed tracks at Starbucks.
“They are bound to confound your expectations several times on any given album, and if you're into that, they're good enough at putting these weird songs together that they can pull you in with surprising ease.” – Pitchfork on The Caribbean
released April 20, 2017
Michael Kentoff: larceny, vocals, instruments, mistakes
Dave Jones: additional electric guitar, Moog
Maureen Kentoff: additional singing
Chad Clark: mixing, Imagineering
Heba Kadry: mastering (Timeless)
Stuart Medley: artwork
(c) 2017 You Have That Lost Look Again (ASCAP)
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