Friday night rolled around like most others, with a full week of stress ready to be lifted off our “hard-working” shoulders, and a mean hankering for hard alcohol drinks and other mind-altering goodies. So the last thing we expected walking into the ever balls-hot Glasslands Gallery was to mellow out to the hazy, tripped out harmonies of Idiot Glee, AKA James Friley, who with only his own voice, sampler, looper, and keyboard thoroughly chilled us out with his dense and potent mix of doo-wop and experimental indie pop. So much so that we held off on the usual hard crunking and getting hyphy until his surreal and intimate set was over.
Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky - home of horse racing and thousands of dollars worth of lost bets from this writer’s increasingly irrational handicapping choices, Idiot Glee’s music is characterized by swirling, textured, and ever-changing harmonic arrangements which together form the basis for his vintage, wayward pop sound. Evoking comparisons to Brian Wilson, Summer Camp, and dare we say - Noah Lennox, it’s no wonder we were drawn to his sound from the beginning. And with an EP under his belt and a full length coming soon, James is poised to win over even more fans via this killer video we captured of his dreamy and atmospheric number, “Happy Day.” We haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to picking winners from Kentucky (the game is rigged, and it’s nearly always the jockey’s fault), but we’re pretty confident in staking our claims on this sure fire bet.
A BAL Production
Shot by W. Xu and Ian Perlman
Sound and Editing by BIG ASS LENS