R. Stevie Moore is a lo-fi legend whose catalog includes more than 400 albums over the course of 49 years. Here’s one more: The prolific DIY icon has teamed with power-pop cult favorite Jason Falkner for an album that paints Moore’s music with a sleek neon crunch. Make It Be is more vibrantly alive than anyone could expect from an 18-track LP by a 65-year-old iconoclast. This music is insanely catchy and approachable without sacrificing an iota of the oddity that helped make Moore one of music history’s most beloved weirdos. It’s an impressive balance to strike; more importantly, it sounds great.
Credit some of that vitality to the source material –in addition to crafting some new tunes, Moore and Falkner renovated some favorites from throughout Moore’s discography — but also pay heed to the impressive creative chemistry between these guys. Via email, Falkner calls it “a mutual admiration society gone wild,” adding, “creating new/ revisiting bits of Stevie’s back catalog with the man was a creative revelation.” It sounds that way, too! As for Moore’s take: “The most wonderful time of the year! J-Folk was and remains a trusted associate in the rock recording headspace. Shape shifter.”
Stream the full album below, a week ahead of its official release.
Make It Be is out 3/10 on Bar None Records/Lost Colony Music. Pre-order it here.