In the endless search for new music I wrote my pal Chris Gunn, former Portlander and Hunches guitarist, asking for a few recommendations. One he passed on was R. Stevie Moore, calling him a "precursor to Ariel Pink." First a bit of background, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Moore has self-released over 400 cassette and CD-R albums, as well as dozens of home videos, mostly through the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, a home-based label. His eclectic work incorporates a variety of musical styles, both popular and experimental. Moore lives and records in his home/studio in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
He is the son of Bob Moore, veteran Nashville A-Team bassist, producer, and orchestra leader, as well as a longtime sideman for Elvis Presley.
Gunn's reference of Moore to Ariel Pink is interesting, as it's been said recently that Pink's work of a few years ago is somewhat responsible for setting in motion the currents of chillwave, lo-fi R&B and weirdo pop. Pink seems to acknowledge Moore's influence, as the two have played together.
And if Pink is indeed prince of these latest movements, Moore appears sort of a godfather. It's not just the music, but the enveloping aesthetics of sunburnt, over-exposed film, beaches, 60's/70's nostalgia—of course, Moore was working in these mediums before they were considered throwback.
It's pretty interesting stuff. Have a look/listen:
R. Stevie Moore "Here Comes Summer Again"
There's many more of R. Stevie Moore's videos on YouTube and they get substantially weirder.
Tip for End Hits?
Email them here.
Get the best of the Mercury each week in your inbox!