Detroit native and musician David Boone, who records under the moniker of Alberta, doesn't care for convention, opting instead to create a sound that acts as a conduit for a host of wide-eyed and open-ended influences. Reshaping and rearranging aspects of folk, blues and moody indie rock, Boone loops in some tender and often intimate experiences to balance out the sway and swagger of his jukebox arrangements. With a voice that barks and pleads and persuades like Tom Waits before the realities of life ignited the charcoal at the base of his throat, Boone coveys struggle and joy with the insight of a man who's seen far too much and is attempting to keep that darkness at bay for just a few more minutes.
He's currently gearing up for the release of his latest record, "MMMMM," which is due out Oct. 5. Created in a makeshift garage studio with the help of a Salvation Army piano and a modded guitar, it's a collection of songs which speaks to deep emotional turbulence and the need to move and adapt to your surroundings. It makes sense then that 4 weeks after the album wad finished he sold most of his belongings, outfitted an old work van and set out to bring his music to anyone within earshot.
On his new single, "Parlour," Boone wraps himself up within a series of twirling organ lines, clanging guitar rhythms and sparse percussive echoes. Its bluesy atmosphere is supported by a pitch black humor and wit that infuses every word and description. The song recalls the somber environments of Morphine or Leonard Cohen but without succumbing to the gravity and burden of those kindred influences. There's even a bit of darkened carnival jazz threaded throughout its length, resulting in a warped musical melange that rejects tradition and allows Boone's own mutated creativities to shine through. It produces a volatile landscape of reverberating noise and raw nerves which reveals the underlying weight and affection of its experiences.