Thursday, May 15, 2014

Funny or Die Presents: Har Mar Superstar - "Restless Leg" (Cult Records)

While I wouldn't exactly go as far as to automatically mislabel Har Mar Superstar's most recent album, Bye Bye 17 as "Blue-Eyed Soul" or anything resembling lazy new age Neo-Soul genre tags, frontman Sean Tillmann probably owes more to guys like Justin Timberlake, Mayer Hawthorne, and Robin Thicke than he would probably ever willingly like to admit. Tillmann's latest music video/single was directed by frequent Strokes collaborator Warren Fu, who's previously worked with long-time frontman Cult Records founder Julian Casablancas; at it's core, "Restless Leg" is a charming, yet vaguely disturbing video centered around an interesting man-on-puppet pseudo-love triangle, which was co-directed by contained Viva La Puppet puppeteer Michelle Zamora. No matter how you may feel about a little tasteful man-on-puppet action, Bye Bye 17 is a very easily accessible album, chock-full of white boy Soul-Funk/R&B; something to the effect of mid-90's "2 turntables and a microphone"-toting Beck. And if you're anything like me, a guy who's frequently heard Har Mar Superstar's name over the past 10-12 years, but never heard a note of his music, I'd say this is a pretty solid place to start! Bye Bye 17 is now available through Casablancas's own Cult Records imprint over at Amazon, your local record store, etc.

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