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Bop English // Constant Bop

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Downtown Records

Category: Album, Breakthrough Records, Pop, Rock

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[ Overview ]

For this record, James Petralli didn’t want to be James Petralli. Not in a self-loathing, melodramatic way, but in the same way that Vanilla Ice probably didn’t want to be Robert Matthew Van Winkle. The name Bop English stems from a series of events earlier in James’ life, when he befriended Andy Pickett, a drifter he played music with. After James had left for univeristy in Nacogdoches in the summer of ’99, he heard through a friend back home that Andy was struggling with employment. James drove home, found Andy and offered to share his dorm room with him. Andy ended up writing a book, and what Andy dictated, James typed. The end result was ‘The Chaperito Street Metaphor’, which Andy dedicated to Bop English. When James asked who Bop English was, Andy’s response was “that’s you man!”

There are layers upon layers to explore on Constant Bop, with a serious attention of detail being applied to every track. “There’s this one technique that has been used by tons of producers, but it was my first time to see it applied to this extent with any level of success,” he mentions, referring to the pitched up guitar effect that’s found on ‘Sentimental Wilderness’. Scrupulous and ever diligent, there’s a ton to unwrap on Constant Bop, a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ‘60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly James Petralli.



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[ Reviews ]

“For the most part, this is an album that restores faith in the sheer joy of music.” - The Independent
“It’s a great album to listen to on headphones--the level of detail and the clarity of the aesthetic choices really become apparent.... It’s bliss." - The Guardian


[ Album Information ]

LP - Black


- Track List -
Side A: Dani's Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control) - Struck Matches - Trying - Have I Got It Wrong - Fake Dog
Side B: Willy Spends An Evening - Sentimental Wilderness - Falling At Your Feet - The Hardest Way - Long Distance Runner


Release Date: April 13, 2015
Record Label: Downtown

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