Fans of Rollin‘s far-out R&B (“Unearthly shoo-be-doo,” Jessica Hopper has called it) know him as a lo-fi underdog, an oddly-charming savant who recorded some of his best material on an answering machine. But The Phoney, his first real LP, finds Rollin working it in panoramic, technicolor hi-f
Most shocking of all, The Phoney has what might be called crossover potential–that is, it speaks not only to the human experience but to intelligent life across the space-time continuum. Unlike, say, Ziggy Stardust, Rollin is the type of otherworldly messenger that you can imagine having a drink with; as a messiah, he’s remarkably accessible–one of us!–and for a ‘phoney’ he seems awfully real. Still, this is a big and important album that threatens to launch Rollin right back through the galactic portals –let’s hope it doesn’t, he’s urgently needed here on earth.
The record collector who brought Death’s …For The Whole World To See to Drag City, Robert Cole Manis, has started his own label called Moniker Records. The Phoney is Manis’ eighth full-length release. Out on April 30, 2013. Check out the first single, “Beautiful Park,” over at The Fader!
Street Date: April 30, 2013
01. Beautiful Park