One thing I really hate to do around here is to make comparisons. Just don't like them, and even though I might think an artist or band sounds similar to another, I keep those thoughts to myself. It's not terribly fair, but this one time it's unavoidable.
Max Levy, also know as King of Cats, emailed me in early May before I departed on my UK vacation to tell me about his latest LP, Microwave Oven. I knew about Max, and had listened to much of his earlier work, but was eager to hear what he said. Right out of the gate, he described his sound as such: "I think it kind of sounds like a little yapping dog trying very hard to make pop music but finding that it can only yap." And here's where the comparison comes in. I've not listened to a ton of Ween in my life, but I think Max's work sounds a bit like that in spots. And it also reminds me of a few backing vocal bits in my favorite Beatles song, 'The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill'. If that's your bag, by all means, keep on reading, faithful reader.
I won't lie, it's always taken me a few listens of Max's past work to get it, but then I hear the charm, with a dash of irreverence, and I find it entirely endearing. This time out, Max corralled an Aimless Skylarking favorite, Roxy of Two White Cranes, to provide vocals on a few tracks, and I found it to be the perfect combination. After a few listens to the LP, I've found I like 'Guilty' best of all. On 'Guilty', Roxy takes the lead on the folky composition, and as it comes to a close, Max joins in for a raucous sing along party. Join me in streaming it below.