The End of Comedy is the debut album by Drugdealer, a new project conceived and conducted by Los Angeles artist Michael Collins (formerly of Run DMT, Salvia Plath) who guides a group of Angelenos through a whimsical world informed by Jean Baudrillard, social media perception, Sergio Leone's spaghetti western vistas and Collins' endless travels. Throughout the record, Collins eschews the spotlight in favor of letting the ensemble shine.
There are guest vocals from Ariel Pink, Danny James and Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood not to mention a bona fide who's who of Collins' mates, including members of Regal Degal, Holy Shit!, Mild High Club, Mr. Twin Sister and pals from Mac DeMarco's band. All of these collaborators contribute essential bits and pieces that create the foundations of a beautiful, absurdist collection of songs that plays like a short film in which Collins journeys far and wide, popping in to various abodes, embracing friends old and new and casting a spell on them and us in turn.
"A soulful and luxuriant baroque pop throwback that cruises between downcast interludes and an easygoing sax-laden groove." – Stereogum