This album is full of so many blissful musical moments. The sound never stagnates. Just keeps meandering through varied colors and textures. The songs defy structure without being too loose. They come off really playful and suave. Kind of like an Erykah Badu album if I had to compare. I will definitely keep following Flanafi’s future releases out of curiosity.
Flanafi is the debut solo project of Simon Martinez, Philadelphia experimental guitar wizard and the melodic half of Boiled Records alumni Pulgas. These songs contain the same burbling junkyard genius of that band, filtered through a very different lens. One could use Flanafi as a required text in the economics of bombast with no reservations. It's Sly Stone drowning in a liquor ocean – it's Dntel style IDM made with washboards and spoons instead of computers – it's Colin Blunstone run through a chipmunk filter in a hell based on planet IKEA. This shit is weird and it's beautiful and it's one of a kind. In an era where regurgitation and veneer hold sway, this young freak is following his oddly sober muse. He's got the muse cornered and it's not clear if he's gonna set it on fire or serenade it. He could do either, really, as Simon's talent is absolutely unparalleled in this new epoch. Rumour has it that each of his fingers is individually sentient. He knows exactly what he's doing. Soak it up.
released January 20, 2020
Engineered, produced composed and performed by Simon Martinez except:
Lenny Mobley - drums on 6
Miguel Atwood Ferguson - Viola on 8
Zane Shields - Drums on 7
It's generating a huge response, scoring a total of 93 points in meta-critics. AllMusic described the album as "a record that has complex content but is easily and confidently delivered with lyrics and a combination of jazz throngs and exquisite rhythms," and NME gives it a perfect score of five, describing it as a completely flawless record. A record that doesn't always fall on this year's list of albums of 2018 released by many media outlets. jwsmusic