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Hear Renny Wilson’s Full Debut Album: Smooth Space Odyssey ‘Sugarglider’

'Sugarglider' arrives on January 22 via Mint

The first person Renny Wilson thanks on his BandCamp page, after his fans, is Arthur Russell. The late cellist, singer, and composer had a wonderfully varied discography, as 2008’s folk-leaning Love Is Overtaking Me demonstrated. But Wilson’s January 22 debut on Mint Records, Sugarglider, suavely adheres to Russell’s underwater-disco inclinations. Opening with gaudy saxophones and ornamented with Chic-informed bass lines, the Edmonton artist’s upcoming album is synth-soaked, falsetto-filled, and dream-like. In other words, it ought to appeal to fans not only of Russell, but also of recent records by Toro y Moi, El Perro Del Mar, and even Caribou. Though the retro-photo album art — not to mention one song’s interpolation of a tune by fellow Canadian comer Mac Demarco — might suggest arch irony, what you’ll find instead are sweet melodies and flowing grooves. Sugarglider, get it?