After Beulah called it quits six years ago Miles Kurosky, the band’s singer and songwriter, got married (to a woman he met on the final Beulah tour), had reconstructive surgery on his shoulder (twice), and was hospitalized for kidney trouble. The result is his first solo album, the highly anticipated Frank Lloyd Wright-referencing The Desert of Shallow Effects. It’s only “solo” in titling: More than two dozen musicians join Kurosky with sundry stringed instruments, keyboards, horns, etc., on the 10 tracks. He produced it and old Beulah-mate Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Why?) engineered. “I Can’t Swim“’s a good place to get started: Kurosky crammed a million details (and clearly a lot of living) into the ambitiously skewed pop song. If you find yourself missing vintage ’60s nodding Elephant 6 and of Montreal give you a headache, this should make you smile.
The Desert of Shallow Effects is out 3/9 via Majordomo Records, an imprint of Shout! Factory. You’ll also find a 3-song EP on iTunes. It’s a preview of sorts and includes “I Can’t Swim” along with “Dog In The Burning Building” and “An Apple For An Apple, a song we posted in earlier form last year.