YES! The second song from the Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Jon Ehrens (White Life) collaboration Dungeonnesse. “Shucks” is the opening track to the upcoming S/T LP out on May 14th (via Secretly Canadien). This is a straight up classic R&B jam. I’m in awe. I’m going out on a limb to say this might be one of my favorite albums of the year so far, eventhough I’ve only heard two tracks from it.
Baltimore’s White Life, the project of John Ehrens with the help of sister Emily Ehrens, has produced a debut album that completely hits my sweet spot. Growing up in the 80s, I hold that era of music in high regard – White Life drops electronic pop ballads that bleed the neon synth, but retain some real beauty – never getting to a kitschy aspect that many retro bands unfortunately do. I feel like I’m listening to Madonna’s True Blue re-mastered under the hot and humid Baltimore sun. Yeah, I went there. Its totally like that. At least the female vocal led numbers. When John’s sporting the mic, there’s still a similar flavor…like a Depeche Mode or Erasure type vibe, but bristled with that east coast funk sensibility (and a little old school hip-hop flavor on “Flirp”). Yeah, awesome. The duo also gets some allstars on board – Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak helps out on the vocal harmonies and production as well as Chris Freeland, Andrew Bernstein, Dave Fell, Mark Brown, and Grayson Brown. White Life’s S/T LP is out now via Ehse Records – go get it.