Songs in the Key of Animals

Songs in the Key of Animals

by Benji HughesBenji Hughes


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The front cover for Benji Hughes' Merge debut features an oil painting-rendered photo of the hirsute, North Carolina-based pop purveyor sporting aviator sunglasses and vampire teeth. However, what lies inside is not the swampy, True Blood-inspired cacophony of sultry, Southern gothic twang that Songs in the Key of Animals' misanthropic cover art would suggest, but a breezy amalgamation of girl-crazed blue-eyed soul and Chateau Marmont bungalow pop that falls somewhere between Beck, OutKast, and Harry Nilsson. "People are Animals," says Hughes in the album's press release, and he takes that notion quite literally on the two-disc, 11-track LP, applying his well-honed production skills and goofy sense of humor (this is the man who helped write the brilliant "Let's Duet" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) to a set of left-field pop confections with titles like "Shark Attack!!!!!!!!!!," "Zebra," and "Peacockin' Party."

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2016
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855055121
catalogNumber: 551
Rank: 151766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benji Hughes   Primary Artist
Andy Hess   Bass
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass,Vocals
Mary Wood   Vocals
Morgan Nagler   Vocals
Keefus Ciancia   Synthesizer
Jade Vincent   Vocals
Alex Kahn   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Saxophone
Sonny Mason   Vocals
Charles Holloman   Drums
Hillary Lefebvre   Vocals
Christina Schneider   Vocals
Kim Tallon   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eleni Mandell   Composer
Mary Wood   Producer
King Khan   Composer
Benji Hughes   Composer,Producer
Keefus Ciancia   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Alex Kahn   Engineer
Sonny Mason   Programming
Charles Holloman   Engineer
David Collins   Artwork
Amy Kennemore   Artwork
Nancy Hollinghurst   Cover Art

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