Two Philly guys with diverse musical backgrounds are the messed-up minds behind the DRGN King and its hook-filled debut album, Paragraph Nights (Bar/None). Singer/songwriter Dominic Angelella has been in local folk (Hop Along) and blues (Elevator Fight) bands. Hip-hop producer Brent “Ritz” Reynolds has twiddled knobs for the Roots and Wale. But they had some mutual musical friends and were bound to bang into each other eventually. “It just so happened that one day we got together under the pretense of making music for some other people,” says Angelella. “Ritz gave me a folder of some ideas that he had and we ended up writing a song together. It was such a new, exciting process that we just ended up recording an album.” Like a funnier, rougher version of that Norah Jones/Danger Mouse collaboration from last year, the entirety of Paragraph Nights has a smoky folkster’s poetic lyrical spirit, distant and leery, while its (mostly electronic) music hops, bloops and bumps along soulfully. “I think the sound of the album is just us figuring out what kind of music we wanted to make on the spot,” says Angelella. “The reason there are so many stylistic shifts on Paragraph Nights is because we both love so many different kinds of music that we wanted to pull from everything.”
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