Published Oct 21, 2008I don't know too many artists that flaunt the ukulele as their instrument of choice. Sure, Jens Lekman, Zach Condon and Stephin Merritt may pick them up once or twice a set, Patrick Wolf maybe even a couple times more, but other than Tiny Tim, I really struggle to think of an artist that relies on the littlest guitar of all as their one and only.
Oxford, Mississippi's Dent May not only plays the uke, he's gone the extra mile and recruited it for his band name: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. That's commitment. Paw Tracks execs Animal Collective stumbled upon May while they were recording their forthcoming classic, Merriweather Post Pavillion, in the Miss. This led to getting regular AC producer Rusty Santos in to produce May's forthcoming LP, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (due for release February 3 on Paw Tracks, naturally), in the singer-songwriter's double-wide trailer.
"Meet Me in the Garden" is the first taste of the full-length, a bit of razzle dazzle pop that sways to a breezy tempo, suggesting some good-natured aristocratic intrigue, or perhaps just high tea. Yes, there's a certain regal quality to May's whimsy pop, be it in the sophisticated arrangement or the noble approach to storytelling. It's not pomposity, it's entertainment at its finest.
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele "Meet Me in the Garden"