Anyone out there who remembers those fantastic voyages Thom Yorke used to take in his vocalized trances on 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' will appreciate hearing the journeys Public Speaking is planning on taking you on.
This is soul music functioning as 21st century meditation. Jason Anthony Harris has taken the defining objects of our modern age, and imported hidden meaning to their status. From re-purposed kitchen utensils in 'Funny You Ask,' to the percussive cold comfort of 'Isn't Fair,' to the chilling range of the processed harmonium in album closer 'Subtraction,' Public Speaking is what happens when an artist personally realizes the sound of his environment, and puts it to use. For everyone a little tired of James Blake, come back home to Brooklyn and experience the intimate soul croon of Public Speaking, and see him when he plays at Theaterlab March 31st. - Mike Levine