The Government Center
Brooklyn band Office Culture is made up of four longtime collaborators: singer and songwriter Winston Cook-Wilson (Winston C.W., vocals/keyboards), Ian Wayne (guitar), Charlie Kaplan (bass), and Pat Kelly (drums). Following the electronic avant-pop of their 2017 debut album I Did the Best I Could, the band's acclaimed sophomore LP—2019’s A Life of Crime—unveiled a lush, jazz-inflected sound that Pitchfork described as "sleek music for a cursed place, opulent like a ritzy hotel lounge." Cook-Wilson's wry and contemplative songs took cues from Nite-Flights-era Scott Walker, mid-‘70s Joni Mitchell, Curtis Mayfield, and ECM-label jazz. The FADER wrote: "Office Culture spends the best moments... sounding like the most vital lounge-pop act of all time.” Big Time Things—the band’s third album—is a more maximalist affair. Written and recorded across the course of three years, it’s a meticulously orchestrated and groove-forward record featuring nine of Cook-Wilson’s most ambitious compositions to date. The playful experimentation of the arrangements elevates the melodrama and humor of Cook-Wilson’s songs, which trace the complexities of our efforts to better ourselves by learning from our worst and least rational behavior, and how we attempt to apply that knowledge to nurturing close personal relationships. The record features a dense cast of supporting players including Carmen Q. Rothwell, Caitlin Pasko, Alena Spanger (Tiny Hazard), and members of Cuddle Magic/mmeadows.
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