After 2017’s mellow folk rock album Kerguelen, we’re pleased to see that Glass Mountain Rodeo just released “Favorite Dudes,” the first single off forthcoming Pond King. The album is twinged with Neil Young and Roy Orbison influences but with a gentler touch and the occasional pleasing sound effect. Song “Favorite Dudes” — and its accompanying, hilarious video — is a stand-out tune that has more of a Talking Heads meets Elvis Costello feel than the rest of the collection.

Stay tuned for the second single, “Autocorrect,” with touches of country and dreamy sad clarinet touches (thanks, Carly Bond). Pond King comes after singer (and director) Cooper Kenward relocated from Oakland to Los Angeles, but we’re still claiming it in The Bay Bridged hall of acclaim. Kenward worked extensively with producer Rob Shelton and the fine folks at Tiny Telephone on the album. For fans of Andy Shauf, Grizzly Bear, Wilco, Willie Nelson, warm guitar strumming and vibrant colors.