Whether it be his role in more prominent bands like Kuroma and Amazing Baby or his somewhat comical approach to lyrics, there was always something Simon O’Connor could point to in the past to indicate that Simon Doom was “just a hobby project.” Then, in late 2015, the singer/guitarist had his doomsday clock officially punched when his wife gave birth to their son. Feeling as though it may be his last chance to go all in on the project, O’Connor fought through what was a yearlong creative drought to come up with ten songs in just over a month. The resulting album, Babyman, explores sources O’Connor hadn’t been able to fully tap into on his previous two EPs – Simon Doom and Negotiate With The Monkey – while simultaneously cherry picking the best aspects of both of those releases.
Lead track “I Feel Unloved” is built on a driving beat, with shimmering production from MGMT‘s Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser and a wicked blend of electric guitar licks and arpeggiated synths. It’s enough to get any lover of power pop excited about Babyman.
“This song is so good, with a verse like sunshine and plinkety guitars that are very Albert Hammond Jr.” -NOISEY
“Introduce yourself to NYC new’s pop icon in the making—Simon Doom; an alt-rock Adonis image ripped from the silver screen, and high-throttling through your stereo-speaker… [He] sounds like a mythic group imagined from the celluloid style of cinema filmstar heroes that rocks & rolls with festival ready savoir faire with the sensible ability to emulate historical pop eras by way of osmosis.” -Impose
RIYL: Foxygen, Froth, Temples, Kuroma, Elf Power
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