According to recent polls, Americans are having more sex in the daytime than ever before. The conventional wisdom says this is likely because people are stuck home during the recent pandemic and have an increased opportunity to do so. Why wait until nighttime when one is tired? You and your partner are stuck home with each other and have little else to do. The same surveys suggest Americans are also doing more day drinking than ever, presumably for similar reasons. Why wait for happy hour? A little whiskey in the coffee takes the edge off doing chores, and who's to complain. Your boss can't smell your breath over Zoom.
Whatever. We are living during weird times, and doing whatever it takes to find pleasure as thousands of people die from COVID-19 every day, there are serious protests in the streets, and many people are just waiting for the third shoe to drop. Pass the bottle and get a little bit closer, honey. These seem to be sensible words of advice. The question is, what music best serves as the soundtrack for this behavior? Monte Warden and the Dangerous Few have provided the answer on their eponymous release.
The album has a slinky, sultry vibe. Erik Telford's horns slither over Mas Palermo's steady beats on drums that snap like background music to a burlesque show without the rim shots. Brent Wilson's bass keeps the pulse steady while T. Jarrod Bonta piano decorates the proceedings with bumps and grinds on the keys. Meanwhile, Warden's suave vocals preside over the whole affair and keep things smooth. The music flows. It's velvety more than slick and allows one to get lost in the mix effortlessly.