Even when cloaked under countless layers of surreal, ironic, or playfully blasé comedy, Reggie Watts‘ brilliance as a improvisational musician is an unmistakeable and insuppressible show-stealer. Whether providing cut-away jingles for Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, serving as James Corden’s band leader for The Late Late Show, or visiting WNYC’s Radiolab as a musical guest, Watts’ skills as a digital-age, one-man-band inspires stupefying wonder from audiences and demands a special kind of respect afforded to few other performers today. Is anyone else counting the days until he’s hosting his own show for a change?
Just as Watts’ musicianship permeates his humor, his humor permeates his music. Take, for example, “Where It’s At”, his new collaboration with Irish house DJ, Marcus Lambkin (aka Shit Robot), with mixing by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The electro-throwback track finds Watts doing his best Vincent Price impersonation, listing off faux-profound platitudes and SAT vocabulary words. And, yet, the track is so addictively catchy, we are compelled to don our adidas track suits and high-tail it to the nearest discotheque.
On the visual front, “Where It’s At’s” music video finds a floating cube (a common music video theme for 2015, by the way) morphing into an oblong monolith — a la 2001: A Space Odyssey — before falling into the inescapable confines of a Texas Instrument calculator. If any other musician were to create this music video, we would accept it at face value, roll our eyes, and move on. But when Reggie Watts is behind it, the result is truly… RECOMBINANT.
HT: The Fader