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Dent May (Oxford, Miss.)
Dent May is a classic DIY bedroom artist, crafting eclectic tunes via nothing more than his own vast imagination and versatile musical skills. The video for “Born Too Late,” a song from his latest full-length Warm Blanket, features the bespectacled singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist taking part in various adventures at what seems to be a county fair. The setting makes total sense — Dent’s music is a kaleidoscopic fun ride that mixes Beach Boys harmonies, an analog drum machine, frothy synths, jaunty bass lines and much more to create addictive, slightly left-of-center Indie Pop tunes. Or, as May has described what he does, “Pet Sounds for the Smirnoff Ice generation.”
YDIIYD: Toro Y Moi, Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, Youth Lagoon. (Jason Gargano)