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Albums Of The Week: Dean Wareham | I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A.

The dream-pop veteran is not lost for words on this politically minded comeback.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Dean Wareham of Galaxie 500 and Luna makes his long-overdue return with the lavishly titled I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A., his first batch of new songs in seven years. A politically minded collection of indie guitar beauty produced by Jason Quever (Beach House, Cass McCombs), the disc feaures songs by Wareham, plus covers of Duchess by Scott Walker and Under Skys, by the obscure late-’60s Massachusetts band Lazy Smoke.

Since the release of his last solo album, 2014’s Dean Wareham, Dean has scored a film with his wife Britta Phillips, and released an album and toured with the recently reunited Luna. He has also been doing regular livestreams with Phillips from their home in Los Angeles. Quarantine Tapes, a collection largely culled from those sets, was released in 2020). But I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of L.A. marks the first new songs Wareham has written in almost seven years. Considering a possible reason for the delay in original material, Wareham jokes: “Maybe it’s just too sunny in L.A.”

Wareham burst on the scene in 1987 with his seminal indie-rock band Galaxie 500. After four years he left the band and founded Luna. They went on to release seven studio albums, enjoying world-wide critical acclaim. Since they disbanded in 2005, Wareham has released albums with bandmate (and wife) Britta Phillips. The duo have also worked as film composers for Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale and Mistress America. The New Zealand-born Wareham has spent most of his life in New York City, but moved to Los Angeles in 2013. He has also written a memoir titled Black Postcards and has appeared in several movies and TV shows.”

Photo by Luz Gallardo.