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Drugdealer — Raw Honey (April 19, 2019)                  Drugdealer — Raw Honey (April 19, 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)✹     Smooth soft rock and singer/songwriter sounds from former Run DMT and Salvia Plath member Michael Collins. “All anyone wants to be is what they can.”
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Styles: Alternative Singer~Songwriter
Album release: April 19, 2019
Record Label: Mexican Summer
Duration:
Tracks:
1. You’ve Got To Be Kidding   3:19
2. Honey   4:28
3. Lonely   3:14
4. Lost In My Dream   4:57
5. Fools   4:29
6. If You Don’t Know Now, You Never Will   4:52
7. Wild Motion   4:52
8. London Nightmare   4:07
9. Ending On A Hi Note   1:33
Credits:
Robert Aceto Engineer
Al Carlson Engineer, Saxophone
Kenny Anderson Group Member, Trumpet
Ari Balouzian Viola, Violin
Robert Beatty Artwork, Layout
Shags Chamberlain Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Bass), Mixing, Producer
Michael Collins Comp., Gr. M., Guit. (Ac.), Harpsichord, Mell., Piano, Prod., Voc.
Nicki Contreras Photography
Josh Da Costa Drums, Group Member
Brian D’Addario Piano, Vocals (Bckgr.)
Michael D’Addario Vocals (Bckgr.)
Mac DeMarco Engineer
Matthew Eccles Drums
Bailey Elder Layout
Danny Garcia Group Member, Guitar, Guitar (Ac.), Slide Guitar
Harley Hill~Richmond Vocals
David Ives Mastering
Michael Long Group Member, Guitar
Amber Maalouf Photography
Jackson MacIntosh Gr. M., Guitar (12 Str. Ac.), Guitar (Ac.), Vocals (Bckgr.)
Joseph McMurray Liner Notes
Natalie Mering Group Member, Vocals, Vocals (Bckgr.)
Raymond Molinar Photography
Matthew Neighbor Engineer
Douglas Poole Vocals
Richard Quintero Photography
Benjamin Schwab Comp., Gr. M., Guit. (Ac.), Org., Pi., Voc. (Bckgr.), Wurlitzer
Bob Weston Cut
Sasha Winn Comp., Gr. M., Unknown Contributor Role, Vocals, Voc. (Bckgr.)
• All songs written by Michael Collins, except “Fools” written by Michael Collins, Benjamin Schwab, and Shaggs Chamberlain, and “London Nightmare” written by Michael Collins and Sasha Winn.
• Recorded at Michael Collins’s home (Los Angeles, CA), Sunset Sound (Los Angeles, CA), Jizz Jazz Studios (Los Angeles, CA), and Gary’s Electric (Brooklyn, NY), 2017 ~ 2018.
• Co~produced by Michael Collins and Shags Chamberlain.
• Engineered by Matthew Neighbor, Mac Demarco, Al Carlson, and Robert Aceto.
• Mixed by Shags Chamberlain at Studio Avenue 54 (Los Angeles, CA).
• Mastered by David Ives (Los Angeles, CA).
• Lacquer cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service (Chicago, IL).
• Photography by Richard Quintero and Raymond Molinar.
• Artwork and layout by Robert Beatty. Additional layout by Bailey Elder.
Natalie Mering appears courtesy of Sub Pop Records.
AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra; Score: ★★★★
⊃¤⊂     The first Drugdealer album, The End of Comedy, was a bit of a stylistic shift for the band’s main instigator, Michael Collins, that saw him moving away from trippy and weird psych towards something far more relaxed and Laurel Canyon~y. There were a few kinks to be ironed out, like meandering songs and a few too many cooks, but it was a promising and enjoyable record. The second Drugdealer album, Raw Honey, has zero kinks left to work out and fulfills all the promise of the debut and more. This time around, Collins and a wide range of collaborators absolutely nail the lush and lovely singer/songwriter sound of the mid~’70s, while adding some healthy bits of warm weirdness and subtle grandeur to the mix along the way. The album is a cool mix of shaggy~dog pastiche and real feeling moments of emotion, all wrapped up in an organic sound that’s as familiar as a favorite old blanket. The songs that dig a little deeper into emotional territory — like “Honey,” which is sung with perfect tenderness by Natalie Mering (aka Weyes Blood), or “Lost in My Dream,” which combines emotional weight with a liltingly sweet melody and very lush arrangements — are the songs that linger the longest. And the late~night soft rock ballads like the very Steely Dan~ish “Fools” are the ones that go down the smoothest, but the fun songs stick around, too. The Harley Hill~Richmond~sung “Lonely” is a peppy little pop trifle that Harry Nilsson would have been happy to call his, “Wild Motion” features the languorous vocal stylings of Douglas Poole and answers the question of what 10cc would have sounded like if Roy Orbison had joined the band, and “London Nightmare” strums and hums along in happily rambling fashion. Michael Collins oversees all the players like a chilled~out Brian Wilson, the band fits together like blocks of hashish, and if the listener isn’t completely relaxed by the time the record is over, they should likely seek medical attention.
Review
•    In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody?
•    On Raw Honey, his second album as Drugdealer, Michael Collins colors these existential conundrums with lush arrangements, memetic melodies, and a vulnerable tunefulness that tries to make sense of self~doubt and connected loneliness in our shared simulacra.
•    Collins, who never played an instrument let alone received musical training in any formal capacity, began experimenting with sounds in 2009 after traversing the US on freight trains. After a few years crafting abstract sampledelia, he decided to forgo his experimental exercises in favor of teaching himself how to write a traditional song. In doing so, he made the decision to approach songwriting from the perspective of a listener, rather than a “musician.”
•    In 2013, Collins headed west and enmeshed himself in the Los Angeles underground scene. It was there and then that he began collaborating with players in the orbit of Ariel Pink, over time crafting what would become Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, a collection of sunlit songs as indebted to Laurel Canyon psych pop as it is Bacharachian orchestration.
•    Raw Honey continues where The End of Comedy left off, with Collins leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop. Built on the foundation of a creative partnership among Collins, Sasha Winn (vocals) and Shags Chamberlain (bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. Raw Honey features contributions of Josh Da Costa (drums), Jackson MacIntosh (guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), Michael Long (lead guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer Dougie Poole (“Wild Motion”), Harley Hill~Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on “Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself.
•    Throughout Raw Honey, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout Raw Honey, Collins ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to Raw Honey might likely be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations.
•    Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, Raw Honey adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, Raw Honey isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins prefering to air his self~doubt as a northern star to guide like~minded people wherever they need to go.
Bandcamp: https://drugdealerband.bandcamp.com/album/raw-honey 
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