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Pigeon John | Encino Man | LP Review - Live And Die In Music

Pigeon John has revealed his Encino Man LP ahead of the April 29th release of his highly anticipated album.

Encino Man follows on from the hugely successful Dragon Slayer of 2010. Four years in the making, this album is bursting with promise and the LP gives us an exciting insight as to what we may expect from the gifted lyricist.

Pigeon John’s unique ability to blend his classically hip-hop flow with infectious pop rhythms is carried from previous albums, and has progressed nicely, becoming a sound all of his own. The man himself explains. “I’m still trying to find my voice, that’s always been the mission. Getting deeper, shedding off the layers and that’s never really stopped.”

His music is an upbeat blend of hip-hop intertwined with uplifting pop, a merger which he feels was unavoidable. “Going in a pop direction was inevitable because of the way I was brought up” he says. “Listening to 80s pop radio. That, teamed up with the hip-hop my brother was listening to influenced where I’ve gone today.”

And that influence is crystal clear in first track, Oh Yeah. From the onset the track is just bursting with that funky San Francisco sound that has come to be the signature of Pigeon John over the past decade. It comes with a sense of autobiography, as though from a man content yet wanting more. Perhaps searching for a different direction. This theme will carry throughout the album.

“It’s based on the years I was married” he explains. “Living in the Valley, having the house and the wife and the cats and having a glorious time… But I never felt settled. I always felt disconnected compared to life on tour.”

The song carries with it that lazy, sunny morning feel whilst remaining perfectly upbeat and high tempo. It’s packed with that distinctive charm which accompanies that ‘southern state’ sound and describes a relationship built on contrast, her from Texas, him with his life in San Fran.

The second track, Champagne On My Shoes, is a change of direction which is sure to demonstrate the diversity of the forthcoming album. It has a lower tempo and a short, droning intro built on the foundation of a perfectly fitting and hugely catchy beat. The song gets straight to the point, painting the picture of one of those perfect opportunist meetings, the likes of which every listener will instantly relate. It explores the magic of that spark which lives long in the memory and leaves you nervously waiting and wondering. The inserted awkward telephone conversation fits perfectly and demonstrates the anticipation before the call and delivers the relief afterwards.

For a seasoned lyricist with five studio albums already under his belt, the sound which this LP radiates is extremely fresh. The beat is an uplifting, foot and finger tapping suggestion of what is to come from the album.

As he embarks on his nationwide US tour, Encino Man represents the latest chapter. A sound that is just so typically Pigeon John.