“My album is 100% bullshit free,” claims this week’s Sonicbids Spotlight artist. And no, he’s not the snarling lead singer of a big indie-punk band, nor is he some recently discovered, bravado-filled, lyric-spitting rapper. He’s Cooper Thomson, a crooning singer-songwriter whose gentle sound is void of vulgarity.



After listening to Thomson’s blues- and Americana-inspired songs, you’ll actually realize he’s right: There’s a serious lack of bullshit floating around on the tracks. Thomson’s scratchy voice moves effortlessly over the simple, laid-back bass, drum and guitar grooves. This level laid-back-ness could only have been made on a back porch on a sunny summer afternoon. If not, the songs do an expert job of faking it.



Thomson, who is inspired by both Pavement and the soundtrack from Annie, enlisted veteran engineer and reel-to-reel tape advocate Kevin Augunas to produce the album. Then after a short search for a backup band, Wilco’s homie Richard Swift agreed to lend his talents. While describing Swift’s contribution to the album, Thomson claims, “the term brilliant just doesn’t cover it.” The three packed their bags, headed to Swift’s personal studio in Cottage Grove, OR, and embarked on an eight-day recording spree.



The release of this work is in a weird limbo stage right now. Thomson hasn’t found a distributor yet, no tours have been planned, a backup band hasn’t been formed, and the album is currently title-less. Thomson recently made a big move from his home in Los Angeles to New York City in hopes of finding a record label to pick up the album. “Come hell or high water, I will get it out this summer,” he says. No bullshit indeed.



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