Thursday, April 18, 2024

Some Music for Grammy Consideration: Jenny Lewis Gets a Hit with “Psychos,” Dominic Fike Finally Releases 2nd Album and It’s Very Good


Jenny Lewis– her band was Rilo Kiley. She’s been working for at least 25 years. Now she finally has a hit. What took so long? “Psychos” has landed at number 1 on Billboard’s Alternate Music chart. It should be a breakthrough hit. I have no idea what label it’s on, or if anyone’s promoting it. But when you hear “Psychos” (below) you know it’s a hit. Before there was Billie Eilish or Lana Del Rey or a lot of today’s stars, there was Jenny Lewis. Elvis Costello touted her for a long time. And time passed. There’s an album called “Joy Y’All” with lots of cool country-tinged Americana kind of songs. Along with Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers,” Jenny’s “Psychos” is an actual song. Maybe this was the year of songs…

And then there’s Dominic Fike. Signed for $4 million to Sony by Ron Perry in 2018, he put out one so so album in 2020. In 2022 he joined “Euphoria” as an actor. Now he says he was high the whole time he shot it. Doesn’t make him a bad person.

Turns out on July 7th Sony released Fike’s second album, called “Sunburn.” It might be the album of the summer. I can’t stop listening to it. Perry found a setting for Fike’s unique songs and voice– he really sings, guys. The songs are quirky, melodic, funny, sincere, kind of deep. Weezer is on one track, and you can hear Beck and Todd Rundgren influences. This time, Fike is surrounded by top producers and co-writers, small committees, but it all works. Lightning strikes. Funny thing is, Sony sent no press release or info. I just found this album on Spotify. Surprise! Luminate says it’s sold 48,000 copies so far. It should be a bigger hit. “Mona Lisa” is on the “Spider Man: Across the Spider Verse” soundtrack. But there are lots of other great tracks. Dominic Fike could be a star now. He should tell someone.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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