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St. Lenox (New York, NY)
Though he tours with a drummer and guitarist, the “Art Pop” of St. Lenox is the work of one man, Andrew Choi, who’s had an interesting on/off relationship with music in his lifetime. Choi was a teenage phenom, a Juilliard-trained concert violinist who probably appeared to be headed to some major city’s orchestra. But Choi gave up the musical life, deciding he wanted to be a philosophy major. He scored his degree from Princeton University, then headed to Ohio State to earn his PhD. While in Columbus, Ohio, Choi felt music’s allure once again, jamming on standards with Jazz musicians and others in the city. He began to write on his own, concocting a unique Electronic style that pulls influence from just about every corner of the music world (Choi’s elastic vocals, for example, sound like a quirkier version of Cee Lo Green’s). Choi currently lives in New York City, where he is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at NYU while simultaneously managing his career as a singer/songwriter. St. Lenox’s debut album, 10 Songs About Memory, is set for release right around the time of MPMF via Columbus label, Anyway Records.
YDIIYD: Soul Coughing caught in a colorful computer game, with “Make even stranger Pop” their only directive to finding their way out. (MB)