Killer Whale
Photo: Tyrone Bartoli

Killer Whale‘s unique sound has been on my radar for quite some time, so I’m pleased as punch to give you all your first listen at his most formal release to date – the Casual Crush LP, out March 31 on Gaylord’s Party Music. Casual Crush‘s sound is located somewhere close to where yacht rock, R&B, and the beach meet with laid-back rhythms and Thomas Johnson’s drawl holding it all together.

Casual Crush was recorded in New Orleans, where Johnson spent several years living and performing. Although there aren’t obvious nods to jazz or bayou rock from New Orleans, Johnson’s doses of soulful cool are tribute enough. Listen to Casual Crush below, and click through to preorder that cassette.

As we mentioned last week, Killer Whale will be joined by label-mates Gentle Spirit for a grand ol’ release shindig Friday night at Amnesia.

Killer Whale, Gentle Spirit
March 31, 2017
9pm, $10