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James Goode: Mouthfeel (album review plus EXCLUSIVE bonus interview!)

Posted in Interviews, San Francisco by wwyork on October 9, 2017

Musical sandwich
Go ahead, take a bite
It was made with your tongue, teeth, and taste buds in mind

So go the opening lines of “Mouthfeel,” the title track of James Goode’s first solo album, which, perhaps not coincidentally, is also entitled Mouthfeel. I had previously known James Goode for his (rumored but unconfirmed) role as Faxed Head member Fifth Head and for his ambitious but seldom-heard electroacoustic music (more on this below). I didn’t realize that he also wrote and sang songs with actual lyrics and melodies, so when I first came across “Mouthfeel” in my Soundcloud feed, it was both a surprise and a revelation. After all, who else sings lyrics like this…

The eggs come from a factory, where they’re grown from seed
Formed in molds extra-utero – pale albumin, bright yolk
The fat, protein, and cholesterol have all been removed
All that’s left is a thick starch – layers of gray and orange

…let alone makes them work, musically speaking? (That was a rhetorical question, but if you know of anyone, please answer in the comments section below.)

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