There's still plenty of juice left in the "Janelle Monae is the new [amazing artist here]" meme -- Lady Gaga comparisons are so earlier-this-week -- and lotsa big names that have yet to weigh in on which of their androgynous musical heroes the Atlanta songstress most closely resembles. Enter Deerhunter/Atlas Sound wizard Bradford Cox, who posted a salivating endorsement of Monae's Letterman appearance (and the phenom in general) to his blog:
This performance is mindblowing and recalls YoungAgreed, although Bowie seems a pretty out-there comparison. (I wouldn't expect anything less from the dude.)
Americans-era Bowie with obvious James Brown hypnotic mindlock reference
points. The coda even recalls Stereolab with its warped Brazilian
chords. The whole second half is such a rush that the fucking guitar amp
falls over (at around 3:15) seemingly a result of radness overdose.
Cox also says he's "surprised [Monae] is not Lady Gaga level by now," which is a good point, although I fear that the reason may have something to do
with the fact that Monae wears tuxedos (and capes!) onstage instead of,
you know, pretty much nothing.
And do allow me to remind you that the Monae will
bring all of her Bowie-flavored, James Brown-inspired, Lady
Gaga-eclipsing, Brazilian chord-warping awesomeness to the All Shook
Down Festival in North Beach next weekend.
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