At first brush Mississippi’s Dent May doesn’t seem like the sort of dude to be sharing bills with Excepter and Beach House like he did during CMJ, or Animal Collective like he’s doing now in Europe. His record’s called The Good Feeling Music Of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, and a glance at that title and a press shot wraps up all you need to know about the guy: he’s a self-styled dweeb, crooning tuneful retro pop with a ukulele, and if you have trouble reading between lines, I guess you won’t see the winks. Until you watch the John Rory Fraser-directed video for “Howard.” The tune has Dent chronicle the life of Howard, the Kenny Fucking Powers of music, washed up and burned out and stoned and fatter, going for the one-man-show comeback, while the visuals have a Buddy Holly-ed Dent encounter enough lo-fi wipes, fades, dissolves and overlays to make Tim & Eric blush. I know what you’ll think as you watch this and yes, Dent May did go to NYU film school.
Dent May – “Howard” (MP3)