Release Date: Feb 24, 2017
Record label: Columbia
This debut from Dams of the West - aka Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson - is another send up of the state of the USA in 2016. What elevates it above the scores of similar fare is his penchant for vivid lyrics, lush melodies and the Americana influences that fuel the pounding instrumentation. At its best, 'Youngish American' exists at the nexus of day-job classics 'Giving Up the Gun' and 'Unbelievers', offering glimpse of Chris' massive potential to be an engaging solo star.
This solo debut of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson was born three years ago, when the band took a break after touring behind 2013's Modern Vampires of the City . Tomson, who had just turned 30, got married and got a mortgage. Less typically for someone his age, Tomson was also staring at what he called "a fairly large amount of time off." He had his childhood piano moved from his parents' house in New Jersey to his basement in Brooklyn, and--after "probably two months watching sports and then two months staring blankly"--started writing these songs.