by Tiana Feng
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Label: Mint Records
As a child, I used to watch my mom dance along to disco music and told myself that I could never get into that. Renny Wilsonchallenges this with his latest release after signing to Mint Records, Sugarglider.
The Edmonton native sucks you in right away with the sax dazzled “By and By”. Songs seamlessly flow into each other, having their own individual feel. Besides disco, the 10 songs borrow from other styles from the 80’s including soul, funk and Krautrock.
The album is sugar-filled (excuse the pun) with his sweet falsetto high voice and songs that focus on ridding you of your problems and dancing the night away. Though most of the record feels like straight dance music, Wilson leaves room for experimentation. This can be heard in the guitar solos of tunes like “Could’ve It Been Me?” or the vocal loops of “Feel Like A Child”. Embedded in this song is also a familiar melody, Mac De Marco’s “Only You”.
Strangely, the title track for the most part instrumental and at 6 minutes a bit long. Thankfully it is followed by “Nobody” that gets back into the groove of things. The album draws to a close with “Mope Opera” in what sounds like a cadenza from the Baroque era.
Strange things aside, Sugarglider will definitely induce some toe-tapping. This may be one of the coldest days of the year, but Renny Wilson keeps things hot.