Jeffrey Lewis It's The Ones Who've Cracked That The Light Shines Through

After making his name as part of the New York Anti-Folk scene, singer/songwriter Jeffrey Lewis has surpassed his friends the Moldy Peaches in mastering the sound of unorthodox folk. His second album since last year’s The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane, this combines wonderfully creative, stream of consciousness prose with a sharp sense of humour. His song titles showcase the absurdity: "Don’t Let The Record Label Take You Out To Lunch,” and "You Don’t Have To Be A Scientist To Do Experiments On Your Own Heart,” while the lyrics get even more original. Most impressive is his reaction to the public’s reaction of his previous album’s title track. Calling it "No LSD Tonight,” the song tells the story of how he became an LSD guru just from one song, receiving offers for the drug every time he played a show. In addition to the colourful musical content, Lewis also provides an amusing comic strip telling the story of his life through the metaphor of music formatting. He’s a remarkable 21st century visionary who, if for some ungodly reason doesn’t succeed in the music industry, will have one hell of a career in making comic books to fall back on. (Rough Trade)