One of these days, pub singers are going to become fashionable again. The way that culture is regurgitated and reclaimed by society, it’s probably more inevitable than would be liked. In fact, we’re already one step of the way there, with the collaborative Mickey Brown already having the name of a baudy wannabe troubadour, even if their music is a world away from that sickening smell of stale lager and second hand smoke.
The work of hype artists Mickey Mickey Rourke and Lester Brown (a portmanteau of which makes up the project’s moniker), the sum total of their joint output thus far has been 43 minutes of loops, samples and ambience in their first LP, Vision Quest. By themselves, they’ve been prolific, even in this climate of free downloads and constant streams of new material, but they’ve gone above the call of duty with this. They give off the impression of being something close to soul mates, claiming that they feel like brothers due to this process. The fact is that their individual works offer so much to compliment one another that the ease of their link-up is far for surprising, even if the album itself is somewhat more so. Laid back and languid, it’s an exercise in suppression more than anything else. There’s psychedelia in amongst the many sounds crammed in, but it resists the urge to make it saccharine.
It’s beauty lays in the fact that there are so few obvious attempts at a pop crossover here, even more so the fact that there are no tracks that follow the rapidly fading chillwave formula to widespread blog acclaim. The overall feel is that of two artists not quite sure of where this partnership is going, or even uncertainty of what they’re trying to achieve, which means that there’s some misses amongst all the aspiring hits. That two people in separate countries (Lester Brown inhabits Canada, whereas Mickey Mickey Rourke lives in LA) can craft something with such subtlety is astounding, and the promise of more albums to come is incredibly exciting – even if their name is not.