Jorma Whittaker’s first solo release since his 2001 debut on Secretly Canadian. With the help of his backup band Heavy Hometown, the Marmoset front man has produced the most accomplished, soulful, and downright menacing album of his career.
Winter death brings us future life, and thus sprang forth Lollipop Gold. Recorded on 8-track, 1-inch tape in a warehouse in Indianapolis, just a few months after the scheduled producer passed away in the studio, this record was made with lonely grit and a determination to do something unusual for that beloved lost friend and for the band itself in the middle of a cold Midwestern winter. Like multiple transmissions of alien radio channeled through a dysfunctional family band, the 17 songs on Lollipop Gold are as strange a mix as you can find nowadays coming from one body. Formed from the bellybutton of Marmoset songsmith Jorma Whittaker with a little help from friends, this cauldron of material was brought into light with a distinctly male/female, death/life, able/unable articulation. Comprised of half boys/half girls, some band members literally divorced while the band recorded. Jorma & Movie Bare are bound to be your fave new misanthropic do-gooders this side of nowhere, if you can find them. As with all St. Ives releases, Lollipop Gold is a limited edition (250 copies) with art hand-wrought by the band.
With his debut full-length, Jorma Whittaker busts out of the sarcophagus known as Marmoset, the dark pop band he has fronted since 1995. Whittaker boldly opens the album with the uncompromising 7-minute long piano ballad "Clocks in the Sun". It is clear from the outset that this is Whittaker's record and no one else's. Having stripped the democratic process from record-making, Whittaker has created his best and most personal album to date — this is his Plastic Ono Band; his All Things Must Pass. "Molly Melancholy" is something the Jesus and Mary Chain might stagger onto at the end of the line, with its snarled guitars, green clovers & blue diamonds. There is a rendition of the classic 1965 Everly Brothers B-side, "Man with Money", which Whittaker first heard as done by the Fabulous Poodles. Fans of Marmoset's peculiar sound will really enjoy the Syd-meets-the-Cure style of the apocalyptic "Birds are Falling through the Sky". Produced by long-time collaborator LonPaul Ellrich and the band included the supporting cast (but not the core band) of Marmoset's latest full-length Record In Red.