Roger Lion make melancholy baroque pop, something of an odd distinction for Joe Pernice (Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers) and hip-hop producer and Rhymesayers affiliate Budo. According to Pernice, the two met via Twitter, when Budo floated the idea of remixing a Scud Mountain Boys track. From there, an internet-based relationship developed between the two, and they collaborated on this self-titled project called Roger Lion that may or may not be a concept album about Josh Ritter’s divorce. Budo says of the project: “Roger Lion is a labor of love from Joe and I. I am so proud to release this music into the world and to share the small magic of this record with you all.”
Here are Pernice’s thoughts on the record:
Since literally day-one of our recording sessions together we knew we were on to something. For me, making this record was one of the most exciting musical experiences I’ve ever had. Feels great knowing the record is now out in the world. We’re free to get to work on the next one.
We’ve previously heard the somber “A Dead Man’s Song” and the crystalline “Telescope,” and now you can hear the entire thing. Listen below.
Roger Lion is out 9/18 via Team Love. Pre-order it here.