Inspired by Bollywood, a trip to Morocco, and Serge
Gainsbourg, Angelo Spencer’s second full-length World
Garage [KLP235] brings armloads of new instruments and the
flavor of exotic locations to a compilation of songs that amount
to more than just an album, but an experience of wildness.
Hearing Spencer transition from English to French, from guitar to
hand percussion, and from soft singing to autotuned
screaming, it’s easy to close your eyes and imagine that you’re
running barefoot through the soft grass of, somewhere.
Backed by local musicians Ben Kapp, Karl Blau, Clyde Petersen,
with guest vocals by Rebecca Redman (from the band
Watercolor Paintings), World Garage began as a bundle of
unfinished songs that Spencer played for everyone, along with
a mixtape of Algerian, Moroccan, and Bollywood selections
meant to serve as inspiration for how he wanted the finished
album to sound; from the sounds of it, it did the trick.