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Emerging Artists: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele by carlywolkoff
February 26, 2009, 12:56 pm
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Unlike the hoards of indie artists boasting a witty name and the use of an unusual instrument, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele is legit (what could be more kickass than a ukulele?).  His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, dropped on February 3 and I would definitely recommend buying it, downloading it, what have you.

Dent May evokes a classic-Buddy Holly-rock ’n’ roll-country-club feeling while infusing young, contemporary themes.  In the song “College Town Boy” he humorously sings the tale of a pathetic Uni dweller, a character we all know too well.  “Drunk and alone on his bed/He’s smoking reefer everyday now…/College Town Boy/get off your ass and do something,” he describes.  But these fun lyrics, which appear in many of his songs, are sung in May’s retro voice and backed by timeless melodies, making for an interesting juxtaposition.  The ukulele, which is central to his sound, may seem a little over-the-top, but it adds to the whimsical mood of his songs. 

There is something endearing about Dent May.  It may be the glittery purple fabulousness of his Myspace page,  the Lisa Frank picture under the “Sounds Like” section, or the onesie pajamas he dons in the music video “Oh, Paris!”  His nerdiness appears to be genuine and there’s a sense, from all the light-heartedness, that he doesn’t take himself too seriously.   In order to fully appreciate this album, don’t take Dent May too seriously, either.  Just like the album title, May just makes you “feel good.”

-Carly Wolkoff

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