Music Monday: Fronting, Even More Than Usual
The world’s 579th greatest rapper has decided to grace the world of music with a new album. Solved is the fifth album from nerdcore giant MC Frontalot. Having just been released last August, I finally got my hands on a copy. I’m angry I didn’t get one sooner.
The album is chock full of the things that make Frontalot so great: catchy choruses, nerd-centric, anti-braggadocio lyrics over meticulously crafted beats, and scores of humor, usually accompanied by some famous friends (Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, and Eugene Mirman all make appearences). I’ve laid out a few of my favorite tracks below, with a mini-review of each. Be sure to check out the rest of the album, if anything here grabs ya. If you like one song, you’re bound to like more.
A great song where Frontalot gets to talk all about his life as a nerdcore superstar over a jazzy composition. The slightly-autotuned chorus matches perfectly with the video seen above, which is quite brilliant (props for the DnD feel of everything, and the Ziggy make-up).
Ah, my favorite track on the album is one that employs my favorite element of Frontalot’s flow; storytelling. Reminiscent of “Living at The Corner of Dude and Catastrophe”, Stoop Sale is such a wonderfully written tale over a piano that sways between church organ wails and wild west saloon twinkles. This is the song I’ll be telling people about for a while.
“Invasion of The Not Quite Dead”
Can’t go wrong with a zombie tune, especially one that sounds like Primus is crawling around behind it. A deep, clanking bass line grinds alongside some stand-out drumming, reminiscent of Les and Jay, respectively. And I cannot get “You’ll have to learn to live with the fact that you’re dead” out of my head (oh my, how catchy that is). Be sure to follow this song, as it’ll be used as the title and theme to a new British indie zombie film.