Kirtland Records


John Dufilho – Songwriter

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John Dufilho writes songs. Lots of them. More than eight albums' worth since 2000 — five with his rock-inclined The Deathray Davies, two with his indie pop-focused I Love Math, and a solo alt-rock album he released under his own name in 2006 — all on top of the handful of funk-infused songs he's contributed to the output of psych-pop collective The Apples in Stereo since coming on as that outfit's full-time drummer six years ago.

On his first full-length album since 2008, Dufilho has indeed taken a high-minded route: To be released under his new John Singer Sergeant moniker this latest affair is a mostly collaborative effort; content to resign himself to a backing role, Dufilho recorded the 14-track album's backing music entirely by himself and invited a cast of big-name musician acquaintances and close family friends alike to replace him on lead vocals. Included in this crop of guests contributors are Ben Kweller, The Apples' Schneider, Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, Centro-matic's Will Johnson, Kool and the Gang's remarkable Sir Earl Toon and indie chanteuse Sarah Jaffe, each of whom lends their own recognizable vocal stylings to Dufilho's music.

The recordings are like nothing that Dufilho has ever released prior. Stylistically, the disc bounces from genre to genre, touching on everything from nu disco ("Dizzy Joy" featuring Sir Earl Toon) to experimental psychedelic rock ("Birdy Num Num" featuring Dufilho's wife, Dannette, and his baby's nanny, Letty Gomez). And yet despite this wide range of sonic and lead vocal variation, it hardly feels disjointed, instead coming off as unified through Dufilho's remarkable pop songwriting sensibilities. Infectious and endearing, the collection is as fully realized a project as Dufilho has completed to date, a winning batch of songs primed for a variety of listening experiences.


The Way Sound Leaves A Room

John Singer Sergeant
Self Titled

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01.Big Distortion
---- sung by Will Johnson
02. Mountains, Oceans, Elephants
---- sung by Ben Kweller
03. Jinxed
---- sung by Robert Schneider
04. Dizzy Joy
---- sung by Sir Earl Toon
05. My Own Worst Critic
---- sung by Rhett Miller
06. Married To The Sea
---- sung by Marcus Striplin & Sarah Jaffe
07. Birdy Num Num
---- sung by Danette Dufilho & Letty Gomez
08. Why Does Your Moog Effect Me So?
---- sung by Brandon Carr & Dylan Silvers
09. Kick Your Feet Up High (Kid's Song)
---- sung by CJ Davis
10. Lazy Days Are Good
---- sung by Erik Sanden
11. Crooked Teeth Like A Broken Piano
---- sung by Salim Nourallah
12. Gone In A Second
---- sung by Tony Miller, Sarah Jaffe & Spyche
13. Normal Sounds Weird
---- sung by Chris Walla & Rachel Demy
14. It's Hard To Run Uphill On Stilts
---- sung by Spyche


Title: John Singer Sergeant
Label: Kirtland Records
Catalog Number: KR-63
Release Date: 04/10/12
Format: CD, Vinyl
Type: Full