Stream Jack Name Weird Moons (Stereogum Premiere)
Prolific LA musician Jack Name has worked with Ariel Pink, White Fence, and Cass McCombs, and he just wrapped up a tour with Thee Oh Sees. This laundry list of big-name friends should give some idea of the kind of offbeat, haunted-house psych-pop he trades in. His last LP, last year’s Light Show, was an oblique bizarro-rock opera about over-medication destroying the protagonist’s Shadow, his unique creative spirit. The ostensible premise behind new album Weird Moons is even nuttier, something about Watchers and Shadows on Jupiter changing form depending on which of Jupiter’s 67 moons is closest. But none of that really matters — listening to the album feels like hanging out and playing Game Boy with an acid-paranoid werewolf, all squiggly synths and chilly drum machines and crunchy, effects-drenched guitars. As Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer describes it: “Reminiscent of late era Can, Bruce Haack, Hans Edler, Solid Space, Dario Argento and VHS tape … listen to this album in an egg shaped speaker chair if possible.” Stream the whole thing below.
Weird Moons is out 1/20 on Dwyer’s Castle Face label. Jack Name is touring with Ariel Pink in February, and you can check out tour dates here.