Oh, Yuck

Oh, Yuck

by So Much LightSo Much Light

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Overview

So Much Light is the solo project of Sacramento-area singer/songwriter/producer Damien Verrett. An avowed R&B fanatic who has named dropped such influences as Drake and R. Kelly, Verrett crafts highly inventive, electronic-based pop with a subtle but distinctive soul vibe. He also layers his productions with an ambitious level of acoustic and electric instrumentation, from guitars and keyboards to horns, strings, and the occasional harp; a choice that pushes the overall tone of his 2017 full-length debut, Oh, Yuck, into Baroque pop and indie rock territory. Helping Verrett achieve this cross-genre aesthetic is co-producer Jason Cupp (American Football, the Elected, Finch). Given his softly emotive voice and penchant toward lilting, delicately melismatic vocalizations, it's easy to pick up on the contemporary R&B influence. Tracks like the quasar thumping "Little Fanfare," and the yearning, circus pipe organ inflected "Be Afraid" (which also features Chicago neo-soul vocalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya), sound like hooky old-school soul jams if produced by M83's Anthony Gonzalez. And while there is a level of orchestral high-mindedness in many of the tracks on Oh, Yuck (there's even an album-opening instrumental string fanfare courtesy of Joan of Arc's Nate Kinsella), Verrett reveals himself as a die-hard loverman, not afraid to pull out words like "hella" on "Love That Never Fades," and launching into a quavering, El DeBarge-level falsetto on the slow jam ballad "Idiot Soul." Elsewhere, Verrett invokes '80s-style new wave with cuts like the synth-buzzing "Summoner" and the pulsing "Let It Absorb You," both of which bring to mind similarly inclined contemporaries like the Naked and Famous and Frankmusik. Ultimately, as Verrett's cheeky, ironic tile implies, Oh, Yuck, is a delightfully unexpected musical melange that sticks with you long after you've stepped deep into its soulful goo.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2017
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778753529
catalogNumber: 87535
Rank: 113222

Album Credits

Performance Credits

So Much Light   Primary Artist
Joseph Arrington   Percussion,Drums
Brandon Young   Horn
Peter Hess   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Kristina Dutton   Violin
Brandee Younger   Harp
Philip D'agostino   Bass
Chris McQueen   Guitar
Molly Beanland   Vocals
Dave Smoota Smith   Trombone
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya   Vocals
Natalie Evans   Vocals
Patrick Shelley   Drums
Damien Verrett   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Yaz Murray   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jason Cupp   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Nate Kinsella   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
George Petrie   Vocal Arrangements
Bailey Zindel   Artwork,Layout
Laurie Debnam   Vocal Arrangements
Damien Verrett   Composer,Programming,Producer

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