Following the lead of musical-polymaths-with-LA-ties before him like Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, and Harry Nilsson, Dent May's style on the magical mystery tour de force Across the Multiverse will be familiar to fans of his previous work. Yet there's something more refined about this collection...Stately strings mingle with boogie piano like old friends. Synths weave a celestial backdrop throughout. Every verse, bridge and chorus in its right place, giving it the unmistakable feel of a true songwriting craftsman at work.
Lyrically Dent has never been sharper, musing on themes like modern romance ("Picture on a Screen," "Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love"), existential dread ("Dream 4 Me," "I'm Gonna Live Forever Until I'm Dead"), and the distance to the moon ("Distance to the Moon") as he searches for meaning among the infinite scrolling feeds of our 21st century augmented reality. The title track, a duet with Frankie Cosmos, is a deep space love song about finding love beyond impossible boundaries.
Across the Multiverse was written and recorded in a sunny bedroom in LA's Highland Park neighborhood, with Dent producing and playing nearly every instrument himself. The tracks were selected from dozens of songs written after the LA move, a gold rush of productivity inspired by late nights DJing rare disco funk cuts at local watering holes.